Fewer contains scanned in port of Antwerp

In the port of Antwerp about half as many cargo containers were scanned than the year before. Nevertheless there were more cargo containers that passed through the port of Antwerp than the year before.
According to an article in the financial daily De Tijd only half as many cargo containers were scanned last year, compared to the year before despite the fact that cargo traffic through Antwerp continues to rise. There is apparently a shortage of personnel.
The new figures on cargo traffic and the number of containers that were scanned have been released by federal Finance Minister Didier Reynders (Francophone liberal). They show that the number of containers that were scanned in the port of Antwerp last year was the lowest in five years.

The reason for the paucity of controls is a personnel shortage. The transition from paper declarations to processing documents electronically has not been without a number of glitches.

According to Noel Colpin of the Customs Department in Antwerp the problems are being worked out, including the problem of not enough personnel to cope with the growing container traffic through Antwerp.