This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 653323

Efficient NII (non-intrusive inspection) of containerised freight is critical to trade and society. Freight containers are potential means for smuggling, drug trafficking, and transport of dangerous / illicit substances. NII technologies used today cannot cope with all targets under all circumstances with equivalent efficiency. C-BORD will increase interdiction of illicit or dangerous material in containerised freight and deliver new capabilities against critical operational requirements and constraints:

  • Increased throughput of containers per time unit
  • Reduced need for costly, time-consuming and dangerous manual container inspections
  • Lower false negative and false positive alarm ratios
  • Operationally significant health & safety, logistics, cost and benefits issues

C-BORD develops five technology pillars to enable next generation container NII at EU sea and land borders. Proof of capability will be shown through live field trials in three use cases under real conditions at different border control points. A C-BORD Toolbox and Framework will help customs analyse needs for container NII, design integrated NII solutions, optimise the interdiction chain, and provide a systemic response to key functional, practical, logistical, safety and financial questions to support deployment.


C-BORD Toolbox: Complementary Innovative NII Technologies

Advanced Radiation Management

Next Generation Cargo X-Ray

Tagged Neutron Inspection System


Evaporation Based Detection