For speedy cargo scanning, non-intrusive inspection terminals commissioned

ISLAMABAD: To facilitate the increasing volumes of cargo traffic by speeding up cargo scanning and providing essential security to the global supply chain, three new state-of-the-art non-intrusive inspections (NII) containers scanning terminals have been set up at the East and West Wharf of Karachi Port and Bin Qasim Port of Pakistan.

The NII terminals worth Rs2.78 billion were installed by Japan International CoopeĀ­ration Agency (JICA) and were inaugurated by Ambassador of Japan, Kuninori Matsuda and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Shabbar Zaidi.

Along with scanners and terminal buildings, the terminals include image scanning and analysing equipment, waiting room for container drivers, and backup facility for electricity.

Connected directly with Pakistanā€™s Web-Based One Customs (WeBOC) system, each system has a scanning capacity of 7 to 8 containers per hour. This will cater to a total capacity of 450 containers per day.

Under the project, 60 officers of Pakistan Customs were trained as Image Scanning Analysts for effective utilisation and future sustainability of the project.

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