Shipping Investigation Division, Investigation Bureau, Ministry of Justice Holds "Symposium of Strengthening Institutional Security" at Kaohsiung Customs

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Shipping Investigation Division, Investigation Bureau, Ministry of Justice Holds "Symposium of Strengthening Institutional Security" at Kaohsiung Customs

In order to raise border management institutions’ attention to institutional security, Kaohsiung Investigation Branch, Shipping Investigation Division, Investigation Bureau, Ministry of Justice invited supervisors working at Kaohsiung Branch, Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Kaohsiung Branch, Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, Council of Agriculture, South Maritime Affairs Center of Maritime and Port Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communication, as well as Port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan International Ports Corporation to discuss related safety issues at the auditorium of Xiaogang Branch, Kaohsiung Customs at 10 a.m. on November 15, 2017. Following the discussion, all participants, guided by Mr. Jerry Lien, Deputy Director of Kaohsiung Customs, and accompanied by Mr. Tien-Shing Fan, chief of Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) Division, visited the Megaport Initiative office and listened to an officer’s presentation about the latest condition of Container Security Initiative (CSI) and Megaport Initiative, both of which have been undertaken in cooperation with the United States.

 

Deputy Director Lien indicated that CSI and Megaport Initiative, being collaboration between the United States and Taiwan, play an important role in fighting terrorism and ensuring trade security globally. Soon after the September 11 terrorist attacks, CSI was launched by the United States and subsequently expanded to include strategic ports throughout the world. The program is chiefly aimed at tackling terrorist activities such as drug trafficking, illegal use of nuclear or biological weapons, and so on. In order to enforce CSI, Taiwan was given two complimentary x-ray container inspection machines by the U.S. government in 2005, contributing to the official establishment of NII division at Kaohsiung Customs in 2007. Meanwhile, the Megaport Initiative focuses on radioactive material detection in imported and exported cargoes. Containerized goods are subject to automated detection when going through security gates for ascertainment of radioactive contamination or smuggling of nuclear weapons (if any).

 

Ever since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster occurred, dozens of containers have been found at detection which contained contaminated goods imported from Japan, clearly demonstrating the project’s effectiveness in deterring radioactively contaminated materials from entering the country. The citizens have thus been protected from the risks associated with radioactive contamination. Throughout this visit, all participants were not only amazed by the modernized radiation detection equipment and machinery of the Megaport Initiative, but also gained a deeper understanding of the two initiatives.

  • Publish Date:2017-11-17
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