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News article26 June 2024Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations1 min read

Commission announces delivery of EU-funded scanner to increase capacity at Hungarian-Ukrainian border

Support for Ukraine

Yesterday, a new EU-funded mobile cargo scanner was delivered to the Hungarian-Ukrainian border crossing point in Chop to improve the flow of trade. Valued at approximately €2.5 million, the donation is part of the EU-Ukraine Solidarity Lanes.

X-ray scanners are crucial for customs operations as they allow for the non-intrusive inspection of goods. The new scanner will enable customs officers to quickly and effectively inspect cargo, detecting illegal or prohibited items within minutes, while facilitating the smooth flow of legitimate trade. It will speed up border controls and increase the accuracy of inspections, while preventing damage to goods by reducing the need for physical checks. Additionally, the project also provides training to customs officers and works on ensuring uninterrupted power supplies for stationary scanners located in other border crossing points, to ensure their continuous operation. Two more scanning systems will be delivered by January 2025.

Adina Vălean, Commissioner for Transport, said: "Speeding up border procedures means shorter waiting times for lorry drivers, faster logistics for companies on both sides of the border and more efficient operations for border control authorities. This new scanner is one of the many examples of how the Solidarity Lanes help keep our trade with Ukraine going – to the benefit of both economies. On the longer term, we are also working on larger infrastructure investments through our Connecting Europe Facility, which will integrate Ukraine's and Moldova's transport systems into the EU's TEN-T network.”

Further information is available here.