CBP seeking innovative opioid detection technology

Competition will stimulate industry submissions of cutting-edge, nonintrusive technologies that detect opioids in small packages.

CBP seeking innovative opioid detection technology

Competition will stimulate industry submissions of cutting-edge, nonintrusive technologies that detect opioids in small packages.

CBP seeking innovative opioid detection technology

Competition will stimulate industry submissions of cutting-edge, nonintrusive technologies that detect opioids in small packages.

 

   U.S. Customs and Border Protection is searching for cutting-edge, nonintrusive technology to detect opioids being illicitly trafficked through the international mail and has established a $1.55 million competitive global prize to encourage private sector innovation.
    In addition to CBP, other agencies involved in the Opioid Detection Challenge are the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
    “CBP is excited to partner with DHS S&T to identify the next generation of interdiction tools,” said CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan in a statement. “The technologies that emerge from this innovation challenge will be important elements of our multilayered approach to combat the flow of opioids and other dangerous illicit drugs.”
    The challenge calls on technology developers to present “well-developed plans for automated, user-friendly tools and technologies that have the potential to quickly and accurately detect opioids in parcels, without disrupting the flow of mail.” It’s open to both U.S. and international firms. Submissions are due by April 24.

    Judges from the federal government will evaluate the submissions and select up to eight finalists to advance to Stage 2 of the competition. Each finalist is expected to be awarded an equal share of the $800,000 Stage 1 prize pool.
    During Stage 2, finalists will participate in a 14-week prototyping accelerator, during which they will develop their plans into testable prototypes and compete for an additional $750,000 in cash prizes. Stage 2 will culminate in a live test of the prototypes hosted by DHS. One grand prize winner is expected to be awarded $500,000 and one runner-up is expected to be awarded $250,000.
    More information about the Opioid Detection Challenge is available here.
   

In the face of Brexit uncertainty, shippers are expected to start moving their distribution hubs and warehouses from the U.K. to the European Union. Assets based in the EU will start becoming a safer investment, avoiding any U.K. logistics delays caused by Brexit. Cash-flow problems are also expected for U.K. shippers in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Demand for air cargo grew by 3.5 percent in 2018, a significant deceleration from 9.7 percent growth in 2017, while January 2019 saw a year-over-year drop of 1.8 percent, according to IATA.

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