Mobile X-ray inspection system to patrol at the Bulgarian borders


2010-03-05
New mobile x-ray system will patrol along the Bulgarian borders. At a meeting at the Customs Directorate Headquarter in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Simeon Dyankov and Secretary of the Interior Ministry Kalin Georgiev, director of National Customs Agency Vanyo Tanov received the keys to Bulgaria's first mobile X-ray system Z Backscatter TM Van (ZBV).
Mobile x-ray was purchased with funds allocated to the Republic of Bulgaria under the Cooperation Agreement between the European Commission, the 26 EU member states and Japan Tobacco International. The agreement was signed in 2007 and provides targeted funding for measures to combat smuggling of tobacco products for each EU member state. In Bulgaria, the funds are allocated through the Council for Coordinating the Fight against the Infringements Affecting the Financial Interests of the European Communities (AFCOS). Following a Council AFCOS decision a mobile X-ray system of new generation was purchased. It will be managed by the NCA, but will be used in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies in carrying out their tasks in joint protection of state border, health and lives of citizens and prevention the illegal import of goods. Mobile X-Ray system will be working throughout the country, officials from the Customs Agency and the Interior Ministry were trained to work with the new technique.
"I am delighted that the business sees in us a good partner. This new equipment will facilitate and improve our work, but it also reflects a positive assessment of the efforts of Customs in combating smuggling of tobacco products. ", the Director of NCA Vanyo Tanov said during the meeting and added that only the first two months of the 2010 the National Customs Agency has detained about 20 million cigarettes. This is 27% of the amounts seized in 2009 and nearly twice as many of the all cigarettes seized in 2008.