Angola: Customs services get equipment from China’s Nuctech

2 January 2008

Luanda, Angola, 2 Jan – Angola’s National Customs Directorate (DNA) and Nuctech Company Ltd of China have signed a contract to supply and maintain scanning equipment and train staff.

The deal, worth US$ 43 million, was signed Monday by the head of Angola’s customs services, Silvio Burity, and Vincent Miclet representing the Chinese firm.

Under the accord, Nuctech will supply a dozen scanners, three of which will be the MB121DE type, for making non-obtrusive inspections at the port of Lobito and two docks in Luanda.

The other scanners are mobile and will be used to check goods carried by trucks through the border posts of Santa Clara and Katwiti and the Port of Luanda.

Angola’s customs services will also acquire a type AC6000 scanner for loading of pallets, to be based at the Luanda Freight Terminal, and five type MX9080T scanners for hand baggage and small packages, two of which will be used at Luanda’s 4 Feb International Airport and the others at the airports of Cabinda, Lubango and Luanda’s domestic terminal.

After signing the contract, the head of Angola’s customs said that the country needs such modern equipment to speed up shipments of cargo and also offer greater security. A key task of the customs services is the combat of fraud, tax evasion and smuggling into Angola of prohibited goods, he added.

Nuctech Company Ltd is a firm specializing in research and development of security control technologies and has its origins at the University of Tsinghua. (macauhub)