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Smugglers beware Revenue deploy new €2.16 million scanner in battle against fraud, illicit drugs and tobacco

The new scanner, which was first used in Rosslare Europort earlier this year, was part-funded by a grant of €1.73 million from the European Anti-Fraud Agency, OLAF

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The new scanner in operation

The new scanner in operation

The new scanner in operation

This is the new, state-of-the art, mobile x-ray container scanner that has been deployed by the Revenue Commissioners in their battle against fraud, illicit drugs and tobacco products. 

The new €2.16 million scanner, which was first used in Rosslare Europort earlier this year, was part-funded by a grant of €1.73 million from the European Anti-Fraud Agency, OLAF.

The Nuctech MT1213DE high energy mobile x-ray container scanner replaces an older one that had reached the end of its operational lifespan. It was selected following a competitive tendering process and is expected to operate until at least 2030.

Revenue Commissioner and Director General of Customs, Gerry Harrahill, expressed the thanked OLAF for their financial support in the acquisition of the new scanner.

“Revenue implements customs controls in a manner that supports legitimate trade, while effectively managing compliance risks and tackling illegitimate trade,” Mr Harrahill said.

“At all times, Revenue remains pro-active, vigilant and agile in the fight against all forms of smuggling. In confronting the challenges of smuggling and the shadow economy, Revenue’s strategy is underpinned by a robust foundation of data analytics, intelligence and risk profiling.

“Our resulting actions, including the deployment of modern scanning technology, contribute to tackling organised criminal activity.”

Mr Harrahill added: “We focus on maximising the effectiveness of Revenue legislative powers and on optimising deployment of all our resources.

“This new high energy mobile x-ray container scanner is an important component of our resources and in our continued determination to target all forms of shadow economy and illegal activity.”

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