FBR to install trackers on long route containers

KARACHI: In a bid to halt pilfering, the Pakistan Customs has decided to install trackers on the containers of the United States (US) reverse cargo, Afghan transit trade and the containers having transshipment permit (TP) for the dry ports, Daily Times learnt.

“Keeping in view the detrimental effects of the containers’ theft, which led to mega scams in the past, the Pakistan Customs has decided to adopt distinctive approach by installing trackers on the long routed containers,” Chief Collector Enforcement South Zahid Khokhar told this scribe.

In this regard, initially the Customs has started installing four chips on a container carrying Afghan transit trade goods while the tracking system would be closely and round the clock monitored through a well-developed system ‘WeBOC’ from Custom House, he added.

“Similarly, the Customs would soon start installing chips on the containers of the US reverse cargo in a view to avoid any anomalies which may translate into theft of valuable goods,” said Khokhar.

He said that the tracking of containers would avoid mega scams and smuggling as it happened in the past, thus the Customs has decided to install trackers on the containers of United States (US) reverse cargo aimed at ensuring that the containers and goods do not get pilfered on the way to Afghanistan.

With the installation of the trackers, the movement of the containers could easily be monitored inside the ports vicinity and all the way from Karachi to Afghanistan.

Likewise, the Pakistan Customs has decided to install trackers on the containers having transshipment permit (TP) for the dry ports aiming utter safety of containers and goods, as they do not get pilfered on the way to upcountry dry ports.

Khokhar informed that the online system would be put in place in coming months. “Pakistan Customs will keep a vigil eye on the movement of containers starting from the ports all along the route up to the dry ports. If, a container is off track, an alarm in the system would be ringing while the nearest custom authorities would be directed to go after the container and check it,” added Khokhar.

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