With the large variety of cargo types entering and exiting the country, various state Agencies must operate within the shipping industry for the purpose of ensuring public health and safety, accurate revenue collection and reduced criminality. The basic role of these Agencies is to ensure that harmful entities including pests, diseases and illegal products do not enter the country while ensuring that only untainted high quality products are exported. In order to meet this requirement, personnel from these Agencies are charged with the responsibility for managing permits and the ensuing inspection of relevant cargo.
Based on business rules, the PCS will automatically provide timely information about relevant cargo entering and exiting the country to inspection personnel. Per container, pallet, cylinder or otherwise, inspecting personnel will be able to quickly gather intelligence about cargo contents, quantities, origins, handlers and so on. The PCS will provide them with real-time alerts so they know when the cargo has arrived and is in place for inspection.
Traditionally, a limited amount of resources along with a general lack of timely, accurate cargo information has rendered some Regulatory agencies ineffective and inefficient, as relates to cargo inspection. Being shared by numerous ports across the island, officers were limited to making random inspections without any real basis for selection or prioritization.
Timely high-quality data from the PCS will allow inspection teams to make better decisions, plan activities and allocate resources well ahead of the import or export window. With that in place, Regulatory Agencies will be able to shift from a reactive to a proactive approach, attain a higher inspection and detection rate, while making significant improvements to their programmes.
It is expected this will yield improvements to goods clearance processes and the quality of products entering and exiting the country. With that in mind, one can reasonably expect this improvement will have a positive spin-off effect for many businesses and the general public.