Raman Spectrometer introduced to stop import of banned products

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DHAKA, Sept 08, 2018 (BSS) – Bangladesh Customs has started use of Raman
Spectrometer, a kind of hand-held device, to stop import of banned and
harmful chemicals by false declarations.

The device can detect different elements and generic names of the
chemicals by using the laser ray, Revenue Administration sources said, hoping
that it would play a vital role in boosting revenue income by reducing import
and smuggling of banned chemical products.

World Customs Organization (WCO) has donated three devices to Bangladesh
under the security project, the sources said, adding the use of Raman
Spectrometer has been launched at Dhaka, Chattogram and Benapole custom
houses.

The device will be installed in the remaining custom houses and stations
in phases, the sources added.

National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said
the small hand- held device ‘Raman Spectrometer’ can provide sample and
accurate report of 12,000 chemicals immediately (within 30 seconds).

It is the most important matter that import of drugs and explosive
products in the name of chemicals could be controlled by using the device, he
added.

Commissioner of Customs Valuation and Internal Audit Commissionrate Dr
Moinul Khan said due to lack of such kind of device import of cocaine inside
105 drums of edible oil could not be detected at Chattogram Port in 2015. But
now it will be easier to prevent such kind of offence, he added.

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