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New container scanner commissioned in Guyana
Published on January 8, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

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NUTECH mobile scanner operation demonstrated on a 40-foot container truck and trailer

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Welcoming the newest addition to Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) efforts to boost security and ensure compliance at certified ports, Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh said that the mobile truck based scanner brings Guyana into compliance with international trading laws and standards.

Some of the major trading capitals of the world and nations such as the United States now require universal scanning of incoming containers and the modern equipment’s acquisition, the minister said, “now enables us to be in compliance with those international obligations”.

He noted that Guyana is now equipped to play its expected and intended role in the international trading system. The scanner will ensure the accuracy of declarations with respect to imports and exports, along with the integrity of trade and enhancement of revenue collection revenue efforts.

The US$4.3 million scanner is the third acquired through a grant from the Chinese government.

A call was also made by Singh for the private sector to bring themselves into compliance with the trade and tax laws and avoid undue delays in processing shipments by ensuring that their declarations are “full, complete and accurate”.

Chinese Ambassador Zhang Limin, in brief remarks, said the scanner was obtained via a certificate of acceptance signed between the two countries one month ago. Guyana and China, he added, have had an excellent relationship over 41 years and, thanks to the close cooperation between the two countries, he believes that in the future, there would be similar levels of cooperation in broader fields or wider areas.

The new scanner, Zhang said, will enhance the economic development of Guyana and further strengthen ties between the nations.

Brief remarks were also given by deputy commissioner general Clement Sealy and chairman of the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) Clinton Williams, who also expressed their gratitude and highlighted the importance of Guyana’s ability to meet its obligations in terms of complying with a host of regulations governing port security through internationally sanctioned treaties and regulations.

Williams, who is also the local representative for NUTECH, the manufacturer of the mobile scanner, pointed out that a new and comprehensive safety regime came into force in July 2004, following the adoption of regulations proposed during a week-long conference held in London.

This event was held with the aim of strengthening measures to deal with maritime security, prevent and suppress terrorism acts. The most far reaching amendments adopted was the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code), which contained detailed security related requirements for governments, port authorities and shipping companies in a mandatory section. It also outlined guidelines on how to achieve these new requirements.

The new scanner is another step towards ensuring compliance, he noted.

“The need for effective and efficient security of our ports and harbours can no longer be a question of an option, but a necessity if we are to continue to engage in international trade,” Williams said.

He added that what is important is the process with which businesses proceed to acquire, operate and maintain appropriate equipment and machines that will effectively carry out the inspections and evaluation of all import and export cargo. The scanner, he said in closing, will contribute significantly to the country’s ability to respond adequately to wide ranging, stringent mandatory international obligations.

The NUTECH mobile container/vehicle scanner system is the world’s first mobile container inspection unit using an electronic linear accelerator as its X-ray source. It can be operational within 30 minutes of arriving at a new site or port. The equipment is operational in over 20 countries and is able to scan a 40-foot container in 60 seconds and can inspect 15 to 20 units of 40-foot container trucks in an hour.
 
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