US$9.6 million container scanner was put into operation at Ho Chi Minh City's Cat Lai Port on Friday in a bid to fasten customs procedures.
Designed by the US-based L3 Communications and funded by the Japanese government, the scanner is the first to ever be put into use by Vietnam's customs sector.
The X-ray scanner is expected to help speed up the handling of containers, reduce storage costs for businesses, and ease the congestion that sometimes swamps Cat Lai.
It is also expected to help prevent smuggling and the transport of banned cargo.
Cat Lai, one of Vietnam's largest container ports, handles around 45 percent of the total containers moving in and out of the country.
Reported by Diep Duc Minh