PARADIP : Under the Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) initiative, a Mobile X-Ray Container Scanning System (MXCS) has been installed by the Paradip Port Trust (PPT) near the PICT Terminal at a cost of Rs 30 crore for the purpose of reducing physical examination and dwell time of containers at the port.After a successful trial run of the MXCS, the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) issued licence on August 27 to the Paradeep Customs for its regular operation. The system can scan up to 25 containers per hour enabling the trade to directly move out their containers with upgraded security and zero hassle. This would also facilitate movement of un-shredded metallic scrap materials in containers through the port to meet the longstanding requirement of hinterland industries.
The operation of the scanner is expected to boost the container volume at the port as the PPT is making continuous efforts to reduce the logistics cost to help the EXIM trade and is in line with the Government’s Ease of Doing Business initiative.
While the shipping lines like RCL, ZIM International Shipping Line and Shreyas Shipping are calling the port regularly, other major liners are likely to follow considering upgraded facilities and hefty discount offered by the port.
Source : The Pioneer