The technology has been used as part of a two-week trial by the Department of Agriculture at the Port of Brisbane.

The cameras, which scan the container from multiple angles in just four seconds, analysed more than 1.7 million images of containers during the fortnight, with 4 per cent of containers having pests that needed to be removed.

Trellis Data's product manager James Meszes said the technology had the potential to be expanded to other port or freight facilities across the country.

"It's about taking something that is near impossible as a human, to be able to detect small objects while containers are being constantly being moved, while also dealing with rain and sun glare and rust on the containers," Mr Meszes said.

"This technology is there to assist and provide assurance that every container can be scanned at every crane at every port, and it's there to work side-by-side with people.

"The Department of Agriculture is only able to inspect about 3 per cent of all goods manually, so the cameras can help to solve this problem."

Known as the Biosecurity Automated Threat Detection System, the cameras scan the outside of the cargo container to detect any pests that may have 'hitchhiked' from overseas.

The cameras are able to detect invasive species smaller than 10 millimetres in length.

Last year, 2.5 million shipping containers came into Australia from overseas.

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