This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under agreement No 883424

A strong consortium

Most organisations and individuals in ENTRANCE have already collaborated through previous successful EU funded projects such as C-BORD, CORE, CONTAIN, EUROSKY and are reuniting their capabilities to build the value chain of NII for effective border controls. A further strength of the consortium is the participation of five practitioners - Border Guards Authorities and/or Customs Authorities - readily engaged to defining the requirements and testing the solutions onsite. Besides technical aspects, the ENTRANCE solution will have been designed by customs, for customs.

Complementary expertise

The ENTRANCE partners combine a range of expertise as briefly described below:

Technology suppliers:

  • Research & academia: CEA, the University of Padova and the Ruder Boskovic Institute are technology suppliers from the public research institutes and universities with extensive knowledge and long research track records in inspection range of technologies, nuclear material detection systems and illicit material detection
  • SMEs: Arktis Radiation Detectors, Iris Instruments, ETC and CAEN are experts in the technology domains that are relevant for the inspection of containers and large-volume freight
  • Large industry: Smiths Detection and Bertin Technologies are major industrial technology providers specialised in security equipment (X-Ray imaging systems and Gamma / neutron detectors)

Practitioners: Ministry of Finance, Croatia, Financial Directorate of the Slovak Republic, National Customs Agency of Bulgaria, Belgian Customs and Excise and the Ministry of Interior, Croatia are Border Guards Authorities or Customs Authorities. Practitioners with expertise on customs’ requirements and challenges related to container inspection at Border Control Points

Experts: Joint Research Center, Center for the Study of Democracy and Michael Doherty Customs and Border Security Services all have expertise in technology assessment, practitioner requirements, ethical and sociological issues

Service provider: ARTTIC handles both the project management and communication and dissemination activities to ensure that the project results deliver a strong impact to relevant stakeholders

National Customs Agency of the Republic of Bulgaria -Agencija Mitnici


Sofia, Bulgaria

National Customs Agency of the Republic of Bulgaria -Agencija Mitnici

Role in the project

The General Directorate Customs Intelligence and Investigation in Central Customs Directorate is a part of the Bulgarian National Customs Agency which main roles include:

  • Executing customs control on the flow of goods in the supply chain
  • Assessment and collection of customs duties and excise taxes, and VAT (in cases calculated at external borders or customs bureaus for imported goods)
  • Prevention and fighting smuggling activities and customs fraud

The Bulgarian National Customs Agency will contribute to ENTRANCE with the identification of user requirement specifications and constraints for the developed solutions. As a user of different special equipment for non-intrusive inspections used for customs control, Bulgarian customs are well experienced and developed valuable knowledge in the procurement and use of customs detection technology.