New Container Inspection System

Costa Rican authorities announced they plan to implement a Non-Intrusive Inspection System for the inspection of containers, which will be held on September 30 with companies interested in developing it.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

This system will consist of a remote inspection center (CIR), scanners, cameras reading plates and container numbers, scales, system of anticipated risk and radio frequency antennas (RFID), informed the Ministry of Finance in a statement.From the Ministry of Finance statement:

September 25, 2019. In order to promote trade facilitation, identify possible risks that threaten the legal trade of goods, national security and public health, the Ministry of Finance will implement the Non-Intrusive Inspection System (SINI) for the review of containers.

The World Customs Organization defines non-intrusive inspection as the recognition of goods with no need to open the means of transport. Taking into account this definition, the SINI allows an integrated inspection service through different technological components at the customs level, for risk analysis and control in the entry, stay, transit and exit of goods from the country.

This system will consist of a remote inspection center (RIC), scanners, plate and container number reading cameras, scales, anticipated risk system and radio frequency antennas (RFID).

The CIR has already started operations with images from the scanner located at APM Terminals in Limón.

Another of its components was put into operation in September, with the implementation of electronic tags on the country's containers and with the placement of radio frequency antennas in the Peñas Blancas and Paso Canoas Customs, thanks to a donation made by the European Union, and the support of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Central American Economic Integration Secretariat (SIECA).

Referring to the SINI, Nogui Acosta, Vice Minister of Revenue, explained that it is an integral solution that allows the analysis of anticipated risk, both by the National Customs Service, and by other government institutions involved in international trade.

The creation of the System responds to the transitory 40 of Law 9635 "Law to Strengthen Public Finances", which establishes the Ministry of Finance the responsibility of installing equipment and technological systems that enable non-intrusive inspection of 100% of goods for export or import, which pass through land borders, ports and airports throughout the country.

In order to carry out this project, the Treasury evaluates different contracting options. In order to provide more information to companies interested in developing it and to receive feedback from participants, on September 30, at 10 a.m., this Ministry will make a presentation on the components of the project. Those interested should send the confirmation, name and legal document of the company and representatives who will attend, to the email address, before noon on Friday, September 27.

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