Hanoi (VNA) – Thailand’s authorities will install 23 X-ray machines at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok by the end of 2019 to prevent goods smuggling.

The Customs Department of Thailand said on September 6 that the X-ray machine installation above the baggage carousels at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport is aimed at improving the efficiency of security checks of luggage of inbound passengers and to prevent goods smuggling. The X-ray machines will be switched on early next year.

With the X-ray machines, customs officials can immediately see what is in the luggage and immediately prompt the passengers to pay the customs duty before leaving the airport.

The X-ray machines at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport will not only help with tax collection, but also prevent the smuggling of sensitive goods into the country, such as agricultural products, palm oil, fuel oil and drugs.

At present, the Thai customs resorts to random check method by human staff, which results in smuggled goods being slipped through sometimes.-VNA