By: Francisco Diaz, The Laredo Sun
Mucia Dovalina, spokeswoman for the federal agency said that currently inspections of buses and light vehicles are made with mobile x-ray units, installed in a special truck.
Port Director Sidney Aki, managed resources to install permanent drug detectors as well as other kind of illegal imports, as a faster way of performing secondary inspections.
So far, the Customs officers perform operational overhaul of vehicles parked in rows that are scanned by the mobile device, which takes a long time.
On an average day, the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection processes about 12,000 vehicles in the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge. This is expected to expedite the line by using a system of continuous review.
As for buses arriving from Mexico, they received an average of 100 per day but the number increases significantly during vacations and holidays.
These buses are also checked by x-ray mobile truck, but shortly the permanent detector will be used to conduct inspections on buses.
Dovalina said the new x-ray inspection is not only more efficient but more accurate because the technology is more modern.
The customs authorities hired a specialized company that will need about three weeks to complete the project.
Edited by: C.R.