UAE uses dogs, tech to detect drugs, explosives


The UAE will use dogs and a unique technology to sniff out drugs and explosive materials in shipments arriving at ports. The Federal Customs Authority's 'RasCargo' project will see the dogs used to detect smuggling bids in containers, goods, dhows, engines and vehicles.

Ali Said Al Neyadi, Chairman of the Federal Customs Authority, said the "unique method" of examining trucks, goods and closed cargos combines modern technology, human element and the K9 dogs.

Samples are first collected, after which they are fed into filters connected to special rooms. The dogs are then brought into the rooms to sniff the filters and detect the presence of illegal substances.

Dogs can examine between 20 to 30 samples per hour, which means that one customs dog can inspect between 160 to 240 shipments per day (eight hours of work).

"It optimises inspection efficiency of incoming goods, shortens customs clearance times, protects the life of inspectors as well as customs dogs and helps curb smuggling," he said.

It also reduces "false alarms" of drugs and explosives detection.