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New Container Scanner to Improve GRA Security

The Guyana Revenue Authority is reporting that since the container scanner was put into operation some sixty containers have been scanned with one being detained for further investigations.

This was disclosed at a media tour of the scanner facility at the Guyana National Shipping Corporation wharf on Lombard Street Georgetown. The container scanner was put into service on May 23 costing US one Million Dollars.

Commissioner General, Khurshid Sattaur said the new facility may not be the best but believes it will allow the revenue authority to improve on its monitoring system and clamp down on illicit substances leaving the country.

GRA’s Senior Manger, Simone Beckles said the scanner will significantly reduce the amount of time when it comes to inspection of containers.

The scanner was sourced from the Rapiscan system company in the United States. The drive through scanner allows inspection of up to 10 trucks per hour. Some of the features include full imaging of container contents without corner cut off, low radiation levels and is designed for all weather conditions. The new facility will be operated by three officers with shifts changing every 2 hours.

Containers leaving Guyana now have to be scanned before they can enter the United States as it is a requirement of the International Martine Organization.

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