Customs and Border Protection (CBP) plans to make more use out of scanning technology when investigating vehicles at ports of entry, Politico Pro reported.
According to Hector Mancha, CBP’s director of field operations in El Paso, Texas, using this technology could significantly reduce the time vehicles have to wait to cross the border. At the House Homeland Security oversight panel on Monday, he said that the technology wouldn’t require opening vehicles or unloading cargo to do a proper inspection. The rate of vehicles that would be subject to scans would drastically increase. Mancha said that for private vehicles, the rate would rise from two to 40 percent, and for commercial vehicles, the rate would rise from 15 to 72 percent.
"CBP also is in the process of procuring new drive through [non-intrusive scanning] technology that will reduce the current time per scan from eight minutes to one minute," Mancha wrote in his testimony. He told the panel that CBP hopes to make significant progress in implementing this technology by 2023.