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€4m from EU to build x-ray vehicle scanner in Belarusian-Polish border checkpoint

Society 18.06.2019 | 17:22
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GRODNO, 18 June (BelTA) – The European Union will grant over €4 million for building a vehicle inspection complex in the border checkpoint Berestovitsa at the Belarusian-Polish border, representatives of the Grodno Regional Customs told BelTA.

The x-ray vehicle scanner will be built in line with the Poland-Belarus-Ukraine transboundary cooperation program for the 2014-2020 period. The European Union will contribute over €4 million to the project. As much as €1.5 million has already been transferred as a payment in advance.

The stationary vehicle scanner will help reduce the customs control time and will increase security at the Belarusian-Polish border. Specialists will also be trained to read scanning images as part of the project. Other modern forms of control will also be introduced at the Berestovitsa checkpoint within the framework of the project.

A stationary vehicle scanner can examine the content of a vehicle in detail without taking it apart within 10-15 minutes on the average while a manual examination can take up to eight hours.

So far this year the Grodno Regional Customs has detected over 600 violations thanks to x-ray vehicle scanners, with the total value of smuggled goods in excess of Br2.7 million. Profitability of using vehicle scanners this year stands at Br36 of revenue per Br1 of costs.

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