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  25th July 2011 - STAR MARITIME

PTP switches to paperless billing to promote sustainability

JOHOR BARU: Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP), the top transhipment container in the country, is switching to paperless billing come Sept 1 in line with one of its core values to promote sustainable development.

The switch will reduce the amount of paper invoices printed and mailed to customers worldwide.

“PTP will stop printing invoices for mailing to customers. Customers will no longer have to wait for invoices in their mail. To access invoices, customers just need to log in to PTP’s online portal with the given ID and password. The portal will be available 24/7 via secure access thus giving the customers the freedom to view and download their invoices at their convenience,” said a PTP spokesperson in a statement on Friday.

Paperless billing also reduces paper consumption and the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted during the traditional billing transportation process.

The introduction of paperless billing is timely, given the sharp increase in the number of invoices issued resulting from the volume increase this year. For the first six months of this year, the port handled 3.7 million 20-footer equivalent units (TEUs), up 16% from the same period last year.

“We expect to handle about 7.5 million TEUs of containers this year, a 16% increase from last year. Currently, we are generating some 4,000 invoices, or about 9,000 sheets of paper every month. Our paperless billing will save more than 100,000 sheets of paper per year. If these 100,000 sheets of paper were laid as an extension to each other, it would be as high as Mount Kinabalu” said the spokesperson.

PTP has also in the past taken other initiatives to promote a green business environment.

Among them include efforts to minimize carbon dioxide and any other noxious gas emissions by replacing old machineries and equipment with newer models which were more efficient in terms of fuel consumption.

“The lights in the port area have automatic sensors that turn off automatically when not in use” he further added.

“With all these efforts, we have successfully reduced our carbon emission from 17.65kg per TEU in 2009 to 16.63kg per TEU in 2010. For the year 2011, we are committed to reduce the emission per TEUs by a further 5% compared to 2010. This will bring our total reduction to 6,652 tonnes, which is the equivalent to planting 33,260 trees in 2011.

“At PTP, we believe in pursuing sustainable business practices, and the paperless billing initiative is just one example of how we can work towards this goal” said the spokeperson.

Customers will be briefed on the paperless billing to facilitate an easy transition and they will each be provided with a CD-ROM to guide them through the process and be able to access invoices immediately using the given ID and password.

PTP has been testing out the system with a few customers who have voluntarily switched to paperless billing since June last year and the response has been positive.


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