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03 March 2024

Abu Dhabi Customs launches vehicle screening device for tourist vehicles

By Wam

The General Administration of Customs- Abu Dhabi has launched a new device for scanning and inspecting tourist vehicles transiting through Khatm Al Shikla in Al Ain city as part of its efforts to implement the strategic plan to adopt the latest technology and provide logistical support that facilitates legal trade and increases the efficiency of operations.

New lanes at Al Madheef Customs Centre have also been added, in order to serve passengers and facilitate their entry to the country, bringing up the total number of tracks to four.

Mohamed Khadem Al Hameli, Acting Director-General of the General Administration of Customs- Abu Dhabi, launched the (Z Portal) device in Khatm Al Shikla Centre in Al Ain City in the presence of Directors and Division Heads from Abu Dhabi Customs, alongside a number of other managers and strategic partners.

The Z Portal device was produced by the American Science and Engineering Inc. (AS&E).

The Z Portal device is one of the latest developments in systems used globally for scanning and inspecting tourist cars from hood to trunk using radioactive rays.

Also, the device has the ability to examine and scan 120 cars in an hour. This helps accelerate and facilitate travel procedures, without compromising security and therefore, preventing illegal operations in the country.

Mohamed Al Hameli, emphasised that Abu Dhabi Custom strives to be one of the leading customs administrations and to be one that is most supportive of facilitating legal trade.

Devices, such as the Z portal, have the ability to penetrate the vehicle to reveal all its contents besides identifying banned and prohibited substances without any negative impact on the vehicle, or any of the foods items and people inside it. Likewise, it has no negative impact on the people operating the device.

Al Hameli revealed that the number of vehicles inspected by the Z Portal device during 2012 is 1.5 million vehicles.

This figure increased by 65 percent in 2016, due to the device’s usage at Al Ghuwaifat Customs Center.

Furthermore, Al Hameli explained that all customs inspection officials employed at Abu Dhabi Customs are Emirati citizens.

They are constantly being trained, via specialized classes, to analyse and compare photos taken through scanning devices with information provided in advance. Performance accuracy and speed of delivery are also taken into consideration.

He also inaugurated the new checkpoint lanes at Al Madheef Customs Centre in Al Ain, which have expedited the inspection of tourist cars and passenger paperwork processes.

Al Hameli further elaborated: "Al Madheef customs centre had issues with congestion due to the availability of only two lanes for passengers entering the UAE, with up to 4,500 tourist vehicles arriving daily. Thus, we have increased the number of lanes at checkpoints to four, resulting in a smoother, easier and more thorough process of inspection and registration of each vehicle. This upgrade has also led to better passenger control and faster traffic flows."

He concluded stating that the installation of modern equipment alongside new checkpoint lanes are both part of a greater strategy to employ technology in security procedures, in order to facilitate and accelerate the inspection process along with reducing the error rate to a minimum.

Furthermore, these efforts are intended to help customs centres meet all their needs, by providing the necessary logistical and human support, supplying them with modern machines and equipment, in parallel to training courses for all inspectors and staff.

This affords Abu Dhabi Customs employees the opportunity to gain more distinguished experience, and enables them to fully take on their responsibilities, safeguarding the nation around the clock.