Container scanning and nuclear detection, Customs, Rotterdam


Border control and security, container scanning, nuclear detection

Passport or for Dutch citizens a valid driver license or ID card

Bus leaves 12.15 hrs and returns approx 18.30 hrs

Nota Bene:
Wednesday morning refresher courses (three sessions) may be attended.

Lunch box offered by IRPA organisation

Schematic program:

  • Reception Coffee/Tea
  • Introduction harbour customs
  • Subdivision of visitor group: guided tour to container scanner and nuclear detector
  • Coffee/Tea pause
  • No Refresher Courses


Being one of the main ports of the World Rotterdam is an entry point for import and transit/export to and from Europe. The port of Rotterdam is the external border of the European Union, which allows goods to travel freely through EU member states after customs clearance in Rotterdam. Dutch Customs is responsible for releasing goods that travel in or out via Rotterdam.

Millions of containers have to be checked annually for contraband: smuggling of forbidden goods and tax evasion. Next to this customs is looking for illegal waste, weapons, , fake articles and of course drugs.  All kinds of smart smuggling tricks, like double bottoms, hidden space or fuels tanks with surprising contents may counteracted by container scan. Next to collecting import duties, detection of illegally imported or transited goods is customs core business. Based on risk analysis customs determines if cargo inspection will be required. Since the container scanners have been taken in service the containers do not to be opened anymore. Consequently, much more short duration inspections could be carried out.