By Betheena Kae Unite
More than 7,000 containers are expected to be added into the number of inspected cargoes every day at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) with the installation of two more x-ray machines at the port Thursday.
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) installed two portal-type x-ray machines at the said port in a bid to increase its maximum inspection capacity with an additional 7,680 containers per day.
According to the bureau, it is higher than the port’s previous capacity where one x-ray machine can scan 160 containers per hour.
MICP was only equipped with seven mobile-type x-rays used in rotation and can only scan 25 containers per hour or 600 containers per day. It also has a pallet and cargo x-ray used for scanning boxes and crates.
“With about three thousand shipments passing through the Manila International Container Port every day, the increased inspection capability will ensure a balance between trade facilitation and stringent border protection,” the bureau said.
Compared to the old relocatable mobile x-rays, these portal-type x-rays are static and are bound to a housing, the bureau added.
Unlike the mobile x-ray design, where the machine has to move along the length of a container, the newly-installed portal design machines allow container trucks to move through the x-ray machine.
MICP district collector Guillermo Pedro Francia IV said that the machines would result to faster and more efficient scanning time and a higher number of containers scanned per hour.
Training for x-ray operators will be conducted to familiarize them with the machine, Francia said.