The Minister of Finance, HE Emília Pires, opened the new Customs compound at Batugade (district of Bobonaro) on Friday 16 July 2010. The ceremony included the handing over, by the Ambassador of Japan, of a new cargo x-ray facility to be used at Batugade. The x-ray unit was developed by Smith Engineering, a world leader in x-ray technology. The mobile CAB 2000 inspection unit is the same as the unit Customs operates at the Dili Port and as such is operationally familiar to Customs staff.
The Minister thanked Japan International Cooperation Service (JICS) and the people of Japan for their ongoing support to Timor-Leste. She also used the occasion to announce that the fourth constitutional Government had budgeted this year to build three state of the art multi-agency border posts for the clearance of passengers and cargo at the land borders of Batugade, Salele (Suai) and Sakato (Oecusse).
Vice Minister of Finance, Director General of Corporate Service and representatives of some relevant agencies took part in the ceremony. Indonesian authorities in the land border area were also present at that moment. The existence of the x-ray facility is very important for Batugade Customs. Batugade Customs collects the second highest amount of revenue for the State after Customs at Dili Port.