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Cargo Scanning Equipment Market - By Equipment Type (Narcotics Trace Detectors, Non-computed Tomography, X-ray Scanners, Explosive Trace Detectors (ETDs), Radiation Detectors), By Cargo Size (Small Parcels, Break Pallet Cargo, Oversized Cargo), By End-use & Forecast, 2023 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI6200
  • Published Date: Jul 2023
  • Report Format: PDF

Cargo Scanning Equipment Market Size

Cargo Scanning Equipment Market size was valued at USD 3.5 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of over 6.5% between 2023 and 2032.

Cargo Scanning Equipment Market

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The growth of international trade, owing to globalization and economic development, has led to increased demand for cargo scanning equipment. As trade volumes continue to rise, there is a greater need for the efficient & accurate screening of cargo to ensure compliance with security regulations and facilitate smooth logistics operations. Technological advancements in cargo scanning equipment, such as X-ray scanners, radiation detection systems, and explosive detection systems, are driving market expansion. They have led to improved scanning accuracy, faster throughput rates, enhanced image quality, and the ability to detect a wider range of threats.

Cargo scanning equipment refers to a range of specialized devices used to inspect and scan cargo items to detect potential threats, contraband, or hazardous materials.

Privacy concerns surrounding cargo scanning operations are significant challenges in the industry. Cargo scanning equipment generates detailed images or data of the contents of shipments, which may include sensitive or confidential information. Balancing the need for security with privacy rights is a complex task, as there is a risk of potential privacy breaches or unauthorized access to scanned data. To address these concerns, strict privacy protocols and data protection measures need to be implemented.

COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted several markets including the cargo scanning equipment market in 2020. The pandemic caused significant disruptions in global trade and supply chains due to lockdown measures, travel restrictions, and reduced economic activities. This disruption resulted in a decline in cargo volumes, leading to a temporary slowdown in the demand for cargo scanning equipment. Reduced trade activities and uncertainties in global supply chains affected the deployment of scanning equipment at ports, airports, and border checkpoints.

Cargo Scanning Equipment Market Trends

Developing countries are witnessing rapid infrastructure development including the construction of new ports, airports, and logistics hubs. The growth in infrastructure is driving the demand for cargo scanning equipment to ensure efficient cargo handling, security, and customs compliance. The integration of cargo scanning equipment with digitalization and automation technologies is boosting market share. This allows for real-time data capture, automated processing, and seamless integration with supply chain management systems, leading to improved operational efficiency and transparency.

Cargo Scanning Equipment Market Analysis

Cargo Scanning Equipment Market Size, By End-use, 2021 – 2032, (USD Billion)
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Based on end-use, the cargo scanning equipment market is segmented into airports, railway station, border control, logistics and transportation, industrial and manufacturing facilities and others. The others segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 8.5% from 2023 to 2032 and reach revenue of over USD 1.1 billion by 2032. Other end-use industries include e-commerce, military & defense, and seaports. The growing demand for online shopping and government investments in strengthening the military & defense sector are expected to fuel growth of the others segment over the forecast period.

Cargo Scanning Equipment Market Share, by Equipment Type, 2022
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Based on cargo size, the cargo scanning equipment market is divided into narcotics trace detectors, non-computed tomography, X-ray scanners, explosive trace detectors (ETDs), radiation detectors and others. The X-ray scanners segment held a dominant market share of over 30% in 2022 and is expected to grow at a lucrative pace by 2032. X-ray scanners utilize X-ray technology to generate detailed images of the cargo contents, allowing security personnel to identify potential threats, contraband, or prohibited items. Stringent security regulations enacted by governments and international organizations to combat terrorism, smuggling, and illicit trade are driving the demand for advanced cargo screening technologies such as X-ray scanners. The growth of international trade and the need for streamlined logistics operations are fueling the demand for efficient cargo screening solutions. X-ray scanners provide non-intrusive & fast inspection, reducing delays and ensuring a smooth cargo flow.

 U.S. Cargo Scanning Equipment Market Size, 2021 – 2032, (USD Million)
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North America held a significant cargo scanning equipment market share of over 30% in 2022. The alarming increase in drug trafficking throughout U.S. has fueled the demand for cargo screening equipment to detect & prevent the smuggling of drugs and illegal substances at ports and border checkpoints. The rapid growth of e-commerce & logistics operations in North America has led to an increase in transportation volumes, thereby necessitating the use of cargo screening equipment to ensure safe deliveries. According to the International Trade Administration, there were over 27 million e-commerce users in Canada in 2022, accounting for 75% of the Canadian population. This number is expected to grow to 77.6% in 2025.

Cargo Scanning Equipment Market Share

Major companies operating in the cargo scanning equipment market are:

  • Leidos Holdings Inc
  • Smiths Detection Group Ltd (SMITHS GROUP PLC)
  • OSI Systems
  • Nuctech Company Limited
  • Autoclear LLC
  • Astrophysics, Inc.

The competitive landscape is characterized by continuous innovations as companies strive to improve their offerings with new features, integrations, and partnerships.

Cargo Scanning Equipment Industry News:

  • In March 2022, Smiths Detection PLC announced that its HI-SCAN 10080 XCT, an explosive detection system, was approved by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration and mentioned on the list of air cargo screening technology. Such approvals will enable the company to secure large airport security government contracts.

The cargo scanning equipment market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue (USD Million) & Units from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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By Equipment Type

  • Narcotics Trace Detectors
  • Non-computed Tomography
  • X-ray Scanners
  • Explosive Trace Detectors (ETDs)
  • Radiation Detectors
  • Others

By cargo size

  • Small Parcels
  • Break Pallet Cargo
  • Oversized Cargo

By End-use

  • Airports
  • Railway Station
  • Border Control
  • Logistics and Transportation
  • Industrial and Manufacturing facilities
  • Others

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • ANZ
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • MEA
    • GCC
    • South Africa


Authors: Suraj Gujar , Deeksha Vishwakarma

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Market size for cargo scanning equipment was USD 3,536.2 million in 2022 and will witness over 6.5% CAGR between 2023 and 2032 due to the rapid growth of international trade driven by globalization and economic development.
The X-ray scanner cargo size segment held over 30% of the cargo scanning equipment industry share in 2022 driven by the stringent security regulations enacted by governments and international organizations to combat terrorism, smuggling, and illicit trade.
North America held over 30% of the cargo scanning equipment industry share in 2022 driven by the alarming increase in drug trafficking throughout the U.S.
Leidos Holdings, Inc., Smiths Detection Group Ltd. (SMITHS GROUP PLC), OSI Systems, Nuctech Company Limited, Autoclear LLC and Astrophysics, Inc. are some of the key cargo scanning equipment companies.

Cargo Scanning Equipment Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 12
  • Tables & Figures: 461
  • Countries covered: 16
  • Pages: 121
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