Operadora Portuaria Centroamericana SA de CV (OPC), the subsidiary is wholly owned by ICTSI, is taking steps to reduce docking time in his “Specialized Container Terminal and General Cargo” in Puerto Cortes, Honduras.
One initiative is a new system of “segregation of shipping destination, size and weight,” along with a docking window layout. OPC uses NAVIS N4 TOS to prepare pro forma weekly plans that allocate space docking berth. These are monitored daily and updated every three months to ensure fairness to all concerned.
ICTSI said docking windows allow “precise planning, better resource management and staff, as well as maintenance of machines and spaces within the port. Ships can unload their containers immediately within 24 hours, provided that it meets the requirements and complete documentation in advance “.
In the land sector, ICTSI faces a significant obstacle from the number of containers selected for complete customs inspection. In March last year customs authorities intensified inspections and now examine the 30-35% of all import containers.
“The authorities use a system called SARAH to select the load for inspection and validate import declarations. Once a customs agent records the declaration of the load on the system, SARAH analyze various data such as the type of load, the record of importer, exporter record, the record of customs agent and the source port ” . ICTSI explained to World Cargo News.
Selected customers for validation have the option to transfer their cargo to a safe external tank. ICTSI said that while the process is accelerated in OPC, most inspections are carried out at the premises of the terminal. ICTSI should coordinate closely with stakeholders of the port for the process to work. “It was necessary for us to change our mindset and implement new processes. OPC is constantly seeking to improve the inspection area, “said ICTSI.
The inspections are thorough. “The customs staff goes through each article, review in detail all the items in the inventory” ICTSI said. “They collate all documents before finally put the items back into the containers. Moreover, most imports reaching Honduras are not stacked on pallets, making the process of loading and unloading of containers even harder. ”
However, inspections are carried out within 24-48 hours after the application of customs agents, and about 2,000 boxes / month are scanned. In view of ICTSI, it is imperative that the government of Honduras, customs and all port stakeholders work together to bring technology into the process and “improve the drudgery of control levels.” Meanwhile, all port stakeholders are working together to improve current manual processes as much as possible.