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  8th December 2008 - STAR MARITIME

Weighbridges in all Westports gate lanes

ALL eight Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd gate lanes will be equipped with weighbridges starting this week to support the implementation of the three-day free storage period for containers on Jan 1.

Previously, only four of Westports’ gate lanes had weighbridges.

Customer service manager Mohd Ali Abdul Hussain said this would enhance the efficiency of the port whereby hauliers could send in the containers faster.

“We will also improve the gate system to cater for the dual transactions of import and export in the first quarter of next year,” he said at the briefing and dialogue session entitled Reduction in free storage period: Are we ready for Jan 1, 2009? organised by the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers last week.

Currently, hauliers that bring export containers have to travel back to the gate or mini booth at shed E for a second transaction to pick up import containers.

According Mohd Ali, other future developments included the setting up of other government agencies’ counters at the business centre together with the Customs office.

“Working towards a paperless and speedier port operation, Westports has already implemented a smart card security system for faster import and export clearance, online inspection declaration and online approval for containers since September,” he said.


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