BOC launches trace detection system against terrorism and illegal drugs – Manila Bulletin

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BOC launches trace detection system against terrorism and illegal drugs

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has launched 16 Trace Detection System (TDS) units which will be deployed in various ports across the country from April to May 2022.

In a statement, the BOC said the TDS, or NUCTECH TR3000DE, is an important addition to the Bureau’s non-intrusive inspection capability as it is designed to detect low-level explosives, narcotics and drug substances.

photo: BOC

Detection, he said, is achieved by sampling non-visible traces of particles from shipments.

“The newly acquired system has three times the throughput of traditional systems. Oversight of the TDS is located at the Customs Operations Center, featured among its wide array of safety, enforcement and security systems and managed by Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) personnel,” the statement read.

Two units each of the TDS have been deployed to Manila International Container Port and Ninoy Aquino International Airport, while one unit each to Cagayan De Oro Port, Manila Port and Customs Anti-Drug Task Force.

photo: BOC

Meanwhile, the remaining units will be deployed until May this year, with two units each at Cebu Port and Davao Port, and one unit each at Zamboanga Port, Limay Port, Subic Port, at the port of Clark and the port of Batangas.

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