King Abdullah Port has completed the first phase of integrating its Port Community System with customs-affiliated data exchange mechanisms for round-the-clock data on containers.
The integration with SANAM enables King Abdullah Port and customs to electronically exchange cargo manifests and container inspection instructions.
The move will further a customs clearance initiative that allows locating the containers at the customs inspection yard around the clock.
Customs will conduct the manual inspection during morning and evening shifts, whereas it was previously done during the morning shift only.
King Abdullah Port also notes that in the first half of 2017 it saw increased throughput of 14%.
SANAM is an integrated system to exchange data electronically between all import-and-export linked parties in the public and private sectors.
It has been developed by Tabadul, which is the IT arm of customs, enabling the electronic exchange of information between all relevant parties in all sea, air and land ports.
Tabadul is working for Saudi customs to complete all the technical integration works with King Abdullah Port using SaudiEDI standard.
King Abdullah Port plans to cooperate with ECA and Tabadul so that all the port’s operations will be fully electronically integrated by mid-2018.
Integration of the data permits for load permit messages, load approval messages, manifest reconciliation messages and container checkout at King Abdullah Port.
Enabling consignees to clear their cargo on the same day instead of waiting till the next day, will reduce the turnover of incoming containers and streamline the flow of cargo while increasing workload.
Abdullah Hameedadin, Managing Director at the Ports Development Company, owner and developer of King Abdullah Port said: “We are proud of this achievement, which is the result of the fruitful cooperation between King Abdullah Port, the Economic Cities Authority (ECA), the Customs, IBM, the leader in information systems development, Tabadul and the National Container Terminal.”
“The initiative will ensure the success of the electronic integration process among all parties involved in the port’s operations.
“Furthermore, it will allow the customs to work efficiently during two shifts at King Abdullah Port, leading to the development and improvement of customs clearance, which will contribute to achieving the objectives of Vision 2030.”