In a bid to give a major push to technology and digitalization, The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) launched an online application platform for scheduling cargo examinations for traders at the Tughlakabad inland container depot in Delhi.
Aimed at improving logistics efficiency, the online platform will be available on all days. The depot will also have a new baggage scanner for non-intrusive examination of unaccompanied baggage or palletized import cargo.
CBIC launched the digital application for scheduling of examination of cargo for traders at @icdtkdimport. Another leap in promoting #DigitalIndia, faceless customs and transparency in Customs processes. @Delhicustoms pic.twitter.com/hCyqrbpFjt— CBIC (@cbic_india) November 11, 2021
“It is a multi-stakeholder application where customs, CONCOR, customs brokers, and importers on the same platform have a shared view of scheduling examination of goods. This initiative will ensure the fullest transparency alongside convenience for trade and other stakeholders,” the finance ministry said in a statement Thursday.
The new baggage scanner will help customs in targeted intervention to check to smuggle.
A few days earlier an electronic tracking of containerized cargo through the use of smart locks and an application built on blockchain technology was launched.
“This enables customs to monitor and track the movement of non-duty paid goods through GPS tracking while reducing the compliance burden on trade in terms of documentation,” the ministry said.
ICD Tughlakabad (TKD) since 1993, at its present location, was the second land port to be set up in the country after Bangalore in 1983.
Catering to the need of importers and exporters, it is the biggest inland dry port of North India.
The port handles around 2,50,000 TEUs of Exim cargo and is well connected with four full-length rail lines to gateway ports such as Mumbai, Nhava Sheva, Chennai, Mundra, etc. besides bringing the containers by road from other ports such as Ludhiana, Haldia, Calcutta, Kandla, etc.
Equipped with most modern facilities such as rail-mounted gantry of 40 metric empty lifting capacity, rubber tire diesel-powered cranes, billoties and lift trucks, etc. ICD TKD also has two covered sheds, one for import and another for export with a total area of 16,000 sq. mts. in the Customs bonded area for stuffing and de-stuffing of Exim goods.
With these ultra-modern facilities, ICD-TKD, New Delhi, has developed into the largest multi-modal center in the Indian sub-continent.