Cabinet Approves X-Ray Inspection at Allenby Border

YERUSHALAYIM -

The Cabinet approved a plan on Sunday to build an infrastructure for a permanent X-ray inspection system for cargo at the Allenby Border Terminal.

The Israeli government is footing the NIS 35-million-shekel measure, which is expected to improve cargo service and lead to the expansion of Palestinian exports to the east by approximately 30 percent.

The Allenby Border Terminal is the only crossing between Yehudah and Shomron and Jordan. It serves the Palestinians for the transit of people and for the import and export of goods to and from Jordan and Arab countries to the east, and to and from the Palestinian Authority.

The new system, to be operated by the Department of Customs and VAT personnel, will replace the existing system, which greatly slows the inspection and transit approval process and enables inspection and transit from the terminal freight wing only, thus preventing the transit of goods requiring refrigeration.

The new system itself has been donated by the Dutch government following a survey of Palestinian businesses that evaluated the need to upgrade the system, carried out in cooperation with the Regional Cooperation Ministry and the International Quartet.