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.