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EU4IBM-Resilience providing cutting-edge equipment for EU-Ukraine trade facilitation and security

25 June 2024


On 25 June, the EU4IBM-Resilience project, funded by the EU and implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), delivered a modern cargo X-ray scanner to the “Chop (Tysa)” border crossing point. Valued at approximately EUR 2.5 million EUR, this donation is part of the "EU-Ukraine Solidarity Lanes" initiative launched to ensure the efficient flow of trade across Ukraine's borders after the Russian full-scale invasion.

The Rapiscan Eagle M60 mobile scanner will enable customs officers to quickly and effectively inspect cargo and detect illegal or prohibited items while facilitating the smooth flow of legitimate trade. This advanced technology not only saves time but also increases the accuracy of inspections, making Ukraine's borders more secure and more efficient.

ICMPD has cooperated closely with the Ukrainian Customs delving into the technical specifics to tailor the device precisely to the needs of the Customs service. The project introduces advanced features such as automatic detection of weapons, centralised capability for image interpretation support, and readiness for cross-border X-ray image exchange with neighbouring countries. The device is also prepared for interlinking with customs systems for automatic data exchange. To ensure the effective use of the X-ray scanner, the EU4IBM-Resilience project will organise specialised training programs for customs officers. 

The procurement and delivery of the Rapiscan Eagle M60 scanner in Chop is only one part of the "Solidarity Lanes" activities implemented by the EU4IBM-Resilience project. Two more Eagle M60 scanning systems will be delivered, alongside appropriate training, by January 2025. 

The Solidarity Lanes, established in May 2022 to bypass Russia’s blockade of Ukraine’s usual transport routes, allow Ukraine and Moldova to export their goods to world markets via the EU while also ensuring crucial imports reach Ukraine. Within this framework, the European Commission, together with authorities and partners in the EU, Ukraine, and Moldova work together to identify ways to remove administrative and infrastructure bottlenecks. Key priorities include improving traffic management and border procedures and supporting investments in infrastructure and logistics equipment like mobile scanners.