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Revenue Commissions Mobile X-Ray Scanner To Target Smuggling

By Donna Ahern
Revenue Commissions Mobile X-Ray Scanner To Target Smuggling

Revenue's Chairman, formally commissioned Revenue’s new, 'state of the art' mobile x-ray scanner to 'target smuggling', last week at New Custom House in Dublin Port, according to recent statement.

The new scanner reportedly cost €1.668m and was part-funded by a grant of €750,000 from OLAF, the European Anti-Fraud Agency, under its Hercule III Programme.

Niall Cody, Revenue Chairman, said that in order to safeguarding Ireland’s fiscal, social and economic welfare,'Revenue’s challenge is to target and confront shadow economy activity, including fiscal fraud, fuel fraud, cash and tobacco smuggling, and drug trafficking, while at the same time facilitating the free flow of legitimate trade.'

Acknowledging 'increasingly agile and sophisticated' concealment techniques Cody said that the new mobile scanner 'is the most powerful currently available on the market and uses imaging technology to analyse vehicles as well as shipping containers.'

Reportedly, the new scanner is the latest tool in Revenue’s fight against smuggling and was deployed in Dublin Port earlier this year.

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