Rawalpindi : In line with government policy and national security requirements, National Logistics Cell (NLC) has started scanning of export and import cargo at Chaman Border Terminal, says a press release.
The step has been taken to curb movement of contraband items in the garb of cross border trade and also generate revenue for FBR/government of Pakistan in anti smuggling regime. NLC has installed modern scanners having the capacity to scan upto 40 feet containers without opening it. The machine will not only ensure foolproof scanning of cargo but also reduce dwell time at terminal by expediting customs clearance of inbound and outbound cargo.
Recently, cross border trade with Afghanistan came to a halt due to excessive rains and snowfall on Quetta-Chaman highway. As a result large number of trucks and containers got stranded on both sides of Khojak Pass. The situation was further compounded due to strike call by a few clearing agents protesting scanning of cargo. However, due to intervention of local administration, the clearing agents called off the strike and cross border activities have been resumed.
It is pertinent to mention that cargo scanning at border crossing points is an international practice aimed at discouraging illegal trade and movement of contraband. It assumes special significance due to prevailing security situation in the region.