Schiphol Airport has seen the launch of a new remote security scanning system, in which Dutch Customs will be able to view shipments being scanned at the premises of freight forwarders and handlers, from the Customs Control Centre. Customs can then decide if selected shipments require physical inspection.
A trial programme is being undertaken by Rhenus Logistics and Customs. Once fully operational throughout the airport community, the Remote Scanning scheme – part of the ongoing SmartGate Cargo project – will speed up the flow of freight, reduce the incidence of physical inspections and enable Customs to make more efficient use of its resources.
Says Schiphol Cargo's Senior VP, Enno Osinga: "Once fully operational, this new remote scanning system will play a significant part in further streamlining the handling of air cargo through Schiphol. The system demonstrates that innovation and collaboration will continue to enable the industry to maintain speed and competitiveness.
"We are very fortunate in the Netherlands that both our government and our Customs authorities recognise the vast importance of logistics to our economy and actively work together with industry to ensure that security and compliance, and operational efficiency are given equal consideration."
The Schiphol Smart Gate Cargo program is a joint initiative of Customs, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Air Cargo Netherlands and KLM Cargo, which are all participants in the Schiphol security and public safety public/private partnership. The aim of Schiphol Smart Gate Cargo is to achieve fast, efficient, reliable and economical processing of cargo, while fully addressing all safety and security needs.