A drive through container X-ray scanner was inaugurated at the Jawaharlal Nehru Custom House at Nhava Sheva on Sunday. The equipment will reduce the time taken for the container scanning process, which will in turn boost the import-export process.
Scanning was earlier carried out in an enclosed area and was time consuming. Moreover, the driver had to alight from the vehicle, adding to the queue.
The drive-through scanner, which has the capacity to scan 100 containers per hour, does not require the driver to alight from his vehicle. The scanner will help prevent smuggling and in also detecting wrongly declared goods.
There are currently two container scanners that is a Mobile Gamma Rays scanner and a Fixed X-ray scanner at Nhava Sheva. The X- Ray container scanner can scan about 10-12 containers an hour, while the mobile one can scan 25-30 containers.
JNPT is now among the four ports including the Cochin, Mundra and Krishnapatnam ports to have a drive through container scanner.
The Indian Port Association has been assigned the responsibility by the Ministry of Shipping to install four new mobile scanners that is one at each of the four terminals of the Jawahar Lal Nehru Port. In addition, a drive-through scanner each will be installed at the BMCT terminal and at the JNPT parking plaza to exclusively handle import and export cargo.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Port is among the four ports including the Cochin, Mundra and Krishnapatnam ports to have a drive through container scanners.