Togo, 10 November, 2009
On Monday, November 2, 2009, Cotecna, one of the world's leading trade inspection, security and certification companies, inaugurated a new Gantry HCV 6035 6MeV scanner at the Port Autonome de Lomé.
This latest generation scanner, able to distinguish between organic and inorganic material and to detect radioactive materials, is the first of its type to be installed by Cotecna in West Africa. Its installation integrates perfectly into the Port Autonome de Lomé (PAL) development projects currently underway and meets the inspection security concerns of the Togolese Customs with regard to action against fraud, importation of contraband goods, weapons and drug smuggling.
This relocatable scanner is housed in a reinforced concrete tunnel and equipped with electronic security and surveillance cameras. The flow of scanned containers has increased from 17 to 23 containers per hour since the installation of the new relocatable scanner.
More than two hundred guests, political figures and senior state officials including Pascal Bodjona, Senior Minister and government spokesman, attended the inauguration ceremony.
Mr Ayassor, Minister of Economy, Finance and Privatisations, emphasized the potential improvement in the performance of the Togolese Customs thanks to this new equipment. He explained that PAL is one of the most high-performance and secure ports in the African subregion with regard to shipping importation inspection, thus allowing economic operators to complete clearance formalities more quickly.
During the ceremony, a number of Customs officers and employees trained by Cotecna in comparative diagnostic image analysis were awarded a diploma following a training course held over several weeks.
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