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New port security equipment

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A $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Homeland Security Port Security Grant Program has been approved for purchase of equipment to scan incoming containers for contraband and other illegal and potentially hazardous products that arrive at the Port Authority of Guam, local officials announced yesterday.

The Mobile Container Vehicle Screening Systems will use X-ray technology to inspect a container without Customs officials having to open them, officials said.

If an anomaly is detected, Customs and port officials will then perform a manual inspection, officials added.

“With this we will be up to par with every major port and customs unit in the states,” Customs and Quarantine Agency Director Pedro Leon Guerrero said during the signing of a memorandum of understanding in Adelup.

Leon Guerrero said the equipment will quicken the inspection process.

The equipment also scans to detect explosives and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear material, Leon Guerrero said.

Joanne Brown, Port Authority of Guam general manager, said the equipment will increase the port's capabilities. 

“We need to ensure that the cargo is safe before it is opened and goes out into the community,” Brown said.

“This is a major step in hardening the security of our island and improving the efficiency of our government,” said acting Gov. Ray Tenorio.

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