Improvements to Surveillance at Japan Customs with Smiths Detection Inspection System

Smiths Detection, a provider of in threat detection and security inspection  technologies, has secured a contract with Japan Customs to provide two Hi Energym 9 MeV, interlaced, dual view HCVS high-performance cargo inspection systems for screening trucks and cargo containers to Tokyo Customs at Jyonanjima and Kobe Customs at Mizushima. 

Installations will begin in April 2022.

This improved HCVS X-ray stationary screening system utilises a new upgraded conveyor mechanism which optimises security checks by scanning whole trucks (including cabins), containers, and vehicles for threats and contraband. With the ability to discriminate between organic and inorganic materials, the HCVS reduces the need for manual inspection while producing rapid and reliable results. It is already deployed at various ports across Japan, and at international ports such as Belgium’s Port of Antwerp and Israel’s Haifa Port.

“As the volume of goods and trade increases globally, being technologically innovative is vital for establishing trust between stakeholders and maintaining the flow of goods through our local and global markets,” says Kevin Davies, Smiths Detection, Global Director Ports and Borders. 

As the world’s fourth largest importer and exporter of goods, Japan’s economy is heavily reliant on its trade, especially while it recovers from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. In August 2021, imports and exports in Japan rose by 20% year on year. 

Davies adds, “With state-of-the-art technology and our global team, we look forward to strengthening the region’s ease of trade and securing movements of cargo around the world.”