Train x-ray inspection system put into operation in Brest

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6486A train x-ray inspection system was officially put into operation in Brest on 14 February, BelTA has learned.

The modern inspection system to scan freight trains crossing the Belarus-Poland border was installed in the vicinity of Zarechitsa park of Brest-Severny railway station, in line with the interstate agreement between Belarus and China. The Chinese side invested ¥39 million or $5.5 million in the project. It was implemented with the assistance of the Chinese company Nuctech.

Chairman of the Belarusian State Customs Committee Yuri Senko thanked all the parties involved in the implementation of the project. He also noted that the new system will make the efforts to combat smuggling more efficient. “This is a pilot project. At the moment the Belarusian customs service is going through another process of modernization with a view to creating more favorable environment for the businesses involved in foreign trade. Non-intrusive inspection has proved its efficiency and Belarus' customs service is interested in the assimilation of such technologies, which make the state more attractive for transit.

For his part, Economic and Commercial Counselor of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Belarus Xiumin Yang called the project a symbol of friendship between the two peoples, the concrete result of international cooperation. The diplomat expressed confidence that the fruitful cooperation between the countries will continue. “The Chinese side considers supplying more such equipment to Belarus to help the country beef up its transit potential,” the Chinese diplomat said.

The train x-ray inspection system is a third scanning system operating at the Brest customs. Mobile x-ray inspection systems have been used in the road border crossing points on the Belarus-Poland and Belarus-Ukraine borders since 2009. The first mobile x-ray inspection system was put into operation at the Kozlovichy border checkpoint in 2011 to inspect heavy vehicles.

“In 2016 the customs officers undertook 233 inspections using x-ray systems, revealed 186 breaches of law and seized goods and vehicles amounting €2 million,” said Alexander Pikhtun, the head of the Brest customs house.

Source: information agency BelTA

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