FBR launches Karachi's automated cargo scanning system

The Federal Revenue Board's Pakistan Customs Wing has implemented a new electronic procedure in the company's WeBOC system that will assist with the screening and rapid clearance of containerized shipments of commercial raw materials at ports.

The reason why the Non-intrusive inspection system (NIIS) is introduced is to replace the physical cargo inspection at ports and minimize the time of residence with the use of the most advanced scans in accordance with world-class best practices. In conjunction with terminal operation scanners, the port of Karachi and Port Qasim is equipped with customs scanning facilities, which are supported by the Japanese government under JICA.

In a statement, FBR said,

Under its (SAFE) safety and facilitation framework and the Kyoto Convention, the World Customs Organization (WCO) advises screening suspicious cargo at port and border stations for supply chain protection. Pakistan Customs, by introducing the Blue Channel, will not only guarantee the protection of the supply chain but can also ensure that goods are correctly reported and that duty and taxes can be legally paid by the importers. This technical procedure would help trade by minimizing clearance time, saving costs, and reducing the congestion in port, which would have a favourable effect on freight residents overall. In the modernisation of Pakistan's customs practises, the initiative will go even further.

The FBR states that the Blue Channel will be part of the Risk Management System (RMS). Through its computer software, customs are able to select containerized freight consignments based on RMS. The framework must run on a basis of risk profiling and risk thresholds without human interference.

The framework was initially deployed for industrial raw materials on KICT, Karachi port on SAPT and on QICT, Port Qasim.