Will help fight smugglingCustoms to examine goods with new technology [Archives:2004/791/Business & Economy]

November 18 2004

The Yemeni Authority of customs is to soon embark on operating a new examination system in inspection trucks and containers by using a form of x-ray.
Manager of the project of the Customs Automated System at the Authority Abbas Al-Hadi said the cost of the project is estimated at $23 million, adding the work in this new system in its first phase would include a number of customs offices in the Free Zone, Aden's Customs, the seaports of Hudeidah and Mukalla, the Sana'a Airport and the two border crossings of Hardh and Shahn.
Mr al-Hadi pointed out the objective behind the new system of inspection is to improve the performance of customs offices through the latest technologies and systems.
He added that such a measure would help fight smuggling.
The manager of the project of the automated customs system said that the authority had launched the service of automated customs clearance via internet technologies of the exporting companies working inside Yemen. He indicated the measure came as part of modern trends in analyzing markets, and to have knowledge about sources of importation. He said that those statements were useful for predictions in the system of national accounts and the balance of payments.