United States donation of border security equipment to Argentina’s Customs Office

With the support of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Export Control and Related Border Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) donated equipment that will enhance the ability of Argentina’s customs and border officials to screen vehicles and cargo for potentially dangerous substances.

CBP officials delivered to their Argentine counterparts one Contraband Inspection Kit and several portable radiation detection devices.  These will be used at the land border stations of La Quiaca (Jujuy), Aguas Blancas (Salta), and Posadas (Misiones).

This equipment will provide additional tools for Argentine officials to perform efficient inspections at these busy crossings and to improve safety for citizens on both sides of the border.

The United States is providing these items in support of both of our nations’ shared interest in combatting the traffic of illicit or dangerous substances, and increasing cooperation to counter terrorism. We are proud to assist the government and people of Argentina by providing these inspection tools.

Each Contraband Inspection Kit contains a variety of advanced measuring devices, cameras, probes, mirrors, and other items designed to allow for the inspection of hard-to-see places and detection of false compartments that can be used to conceal contraband in passenger vehicles, trucks, freight containers, and cargo.

Eighteen Radiation Detection Pagers were also donated.  Each is a small, self-contained apparatus designed to detect the presence of radioactive sources.  When x-rays or gamma rays are detected, the unit alerts the operator and indicates the intensity level of the source.