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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Union Cabinet grants its approval for Container Scanning Systems for Tuticorin Port

The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for procurement through a Global Tender of 4 fixed X ray and 3 mobile Gamma ray container scanners at a cost of Rs. 172.94 crore for installation at Mumbai, Chennai, Tuticorin and Kandla Ports.

The Cabinet’s decision for installation of container scanners will assist the Customs Department in the discharge of its statutory functions, i.e. the collection of customs duties and other levies as well as the prevention / detection of movement, across the country’s international borders of contraband goods.

The non-intrusive Inspection of cargo by container scanners will reveal discrepancies between the declaration made in the prescribed documents and the cargo actually stuffed inside the containers. Mis declaration of the quantity or the description of goods will lead to evasion of duty in respect of import/export of goods. The Customs officers will thus be assisting in detecting cases of duty evasion.

Source: Press Information Bureau

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