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Vancouver Port introduces new cargo scanning technology

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The Vancouver Port Authority (VPA) is in the process of implementing new gamma ray equipment in...


VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Vancouver Port Authority (VPA) is in the process of implementing new gamma ray equipment in the ongoing effort towards establishing a “smart border.”

The new mobile technology is designed to complement existing security measures, and will non-intrusively inspect containers at the rate of one per minute.

Canada Customs officers will operate the $2.5 million piece of equipment at three VPA container terminals, including Deltaport, Centerm and Vanterm. It is the first time such technology has been implemented at a Canadian port.

“Canada Customs is committed to ensuring the safety and security if cargo entering and leaving the country,” says Blake Delgaty, regional customs director. “The container screening equipment will complement out existing technology and significantly enhance our abilities to protect the border and to facilitate low-risk trade here in Vancouver.”

Gordon Houston, president and chief executive officer of the Vancouver Port Authority, says “It is our hope the new technology will now set the stage for the electronic bonding and pre-clearance of U.S.-destined cargo through our port.”


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