Canadian port gets box scanner

Canadian port gets box scanner

The Canada Customs and Revenue agency has deployed a mobile Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System (VACIS) gamma-ray scanner at the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick.

The machine will be used to examine contents of marine containers, railcars and trucks. It is one of 11 that the agency has been purchased for use at Canadian ports of entry. Each unit cost approximately C$2 million (US$1.5 million).

The port handles an average of 25 million metric tons of cargo annually, breakbulk cargo such as forest products and steel; containerized cargo, and bulk cargo including petroleum, potash, and salt.