New Module for Container Inspection

In Guatemala, since March 19, APM Terminals Quetzal enabled the x-ray module for the inspection of containers that are used for exports and imports at the maritime terminal.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The maritime terminal made more than $7 million investment for the implementation of the non-intrusive inspection module for cargo transported at the terminal.

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This is not the first X-ray container inspection system, as non-intrusive systems were enabled in 2020 at Empresa Portuaria Nacional Santo Tomas de Castilla and Empresa Portuaria Quetzal, as well as the Combex-IM air terminal.

Gabriel Corrales, general manager of APM Terminals Quetzal, told that "... we are complying with an obligation required by the customs authority in Guatemala with the implementation of X-rays to inspect 100% of the containers to guarantee the fight against customs fraud and the fight against drug trafficking with this modern equipment that allows traceability, registration and transparency."

Werner Ovalle, Customs Superintendent of the Superintendencia de Administracion Tributaria (SAT), explained that "... with these technological instruments there will be better control at the terminal, certainty in the handling of information on the cargo being transported, as well as the inventory of containers."

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