FBR launches automated system for scanning cargo at Karachi’s ports

A new automation mechanism in its WeBOC system was launched by the Federal Board of Revenue's (FBR) Pakistan Customs Wing that will search containerized shipments of industrial raw materials for rapid clearance in ports.

In a tweet, the FBR said it aims to introduce the Non-Intrusive Inspection System (NIIS) to replace physical cargo inspection in ports with the use of the most advanced equipment to shorten the duration of the dwelling.

In this respect, in addition to scanners for terminal operators, customs scanning facilities at the port of Karachi and Port Qasim are constructed in conjunction with the JICA program in Japan with support from the government.

Without human intervention, the automation framework works and is developed to be focused on risk profiling and risk parameters. The system is designed to avoid time-consuming and expensive physical exams of products, as well as to cause harbor congestion.

The Blue Channel will be a part of the Risk Management System (RMS) to select shipments of containerized cargo using RMS using a computer program for suspicious shipments, as provided for in the declaration from the revenue board.

The scheme was initially introduced for the industrial raw materials and for the dramatic reduction in clearance times of such consignments at KICT, the SAPT terminals of the Port of Karachi, and QICT, Port Qasim, with effect from 19 April.

"The World Customs Organization (WCO) advises that the protection of the supply channel (SAFE) security and facilitation framework and the Kyoto Convention search the suspicious cargo at ports and border stations," the tax department said. "By introducing the blue channel, Customs Pakistan can not only guarantee the protection of the supply chain but also ensure that products are properly declared and that importers pay legit duty and taxes."