Gov’t procures $207M container scanner
Guyana has finally adhered to the calls by the American Government for containers leaving this country to be scanned.
Yesterday, Government offered no objection for the release of $207 million for the scanner, which will be used as a formidable tool on the basis of exporting.
In 2003, the American Government had threatened Guyana that it will not accept any imports from the country if containers were not scanned before being exported.
An ultimatum was also issued to the exporting community on the issue of container inspection and scanning as a formidable tool.
At his post Cabinet media briefing yesterday, Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon, said that this ultimatum was actually inserted in documentation as a basis for continued export to some markets.
Dr. Luncheon explained that the scanner is too expensive to be moving across the country and as such, containers might have to be taken to the scanner for inspection.
“I will park my scanner in an accessible point and I will pass an instruction that all containers to be exported will have to be brought to my scanner to be scanned….but this is only my view,” Dr. Luncheon noted.