In order to facilitate and expedite the cargo inspection process (shipping), the Directorate General of Customs (DGA) received from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN), the donation of a mobile scanner, which he described as the first of its kind in the country.
This technological donation marks the beginning of a new era in security and control in the Dominican Republic.
The Spectrum 100100 mobile scanner is capable of visualizing narcotics, ammunition, currency, explosives and high-density materials and can operate in ports, airports and border areas.
Among its main features are its easy mobility, high security standards and double vision. It also has an automatic threat detection algorithm and is mounted on a Mercedes-Benz Accelo vehicle.
The director of the DGA, Eduardo Sanz Lovatón, affirmed that, since his arrival at Customs, his main objective has been to make each of the institution’s operations more efficient, modern and secure.
“We are deeply grateful for this donation from UNODC ROPAN. Through this technology, non-intrusive inspection of loose containerized cargo will be streamlined. We know firsthand that x-ray scanners have proven to be extremely effective in preventing smuggling and illegal activities,” he said.
Sanz Lovatón stressed that this technological inspection system highlights the positive impact on customs security operations and, in turn, makes Dominican ports, airports and border points increasingly modern, secure and agile.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC-ROPAN) provides technical assistance to member states to strengthen their capacities in the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking.
UNODC-ROPAN, in collaboration with the World Customs Organization (WCO), implements, through the Passenger, Cargo and Border Management Team (PCBT), the Container Control Program (CCP), focused on supporting countries seeking to improve risk management, supply chain security and trade facilitation at seaports, airports and land border crossings to prevent the cross-border movement of illicit goods.