Astrophysics Inc., a global leader in x-ray inspection systems, was awarded a long-term, multi-million USD contract with the Republic of the Philippines Bureau of Customs (BOC). The contract includes conventional X-Ray Inspection Systems (XIS), XIS-Trailers™, and HXP-FreightScan™ for deployment at borders and seaports across the country.
“The x-ray scanners are expected to further enhance the capability of BOC in detecting smuggled and anti-social goods like undeclared items, undervalued goods, non-declared goods, as well as the entry of narcotics in various ports nationwide,” said BOC Commissioner Ray Leonardo Guerrero.
The partnership was spearheaded by Astrophysics Asia, the Astrophysics local office in Manila. The Astrophysics program management team worked closely with the Filipino government to coordinate logistics, design checkpoint layouts, manage site surveys, and supervise construction and installation, which began in September, 2019. “This project is a reflection of Astrophysics’ excellence in the industry,” said Mark Zayek, COO of Astrophysics. “We’ve combined the most innovative screening technology, American design and quality manufacturing, complete site and system integration, and world-class service to provide the most comprehensive security solution for the BOC.”
The Astrophysics systems installed in the Philippines significantly strengthen its borders and enable the BOC to perform non-intrusive inspections of container shipments and baggage of any size as it enters the country. Astrophysics imaging tools enable custom agents to analyze shipments with greater speed and accuracy to identify contraband, ensuring maximum threat detection at borders, seaports, and other points of entry.