Muara Container Terminal unveils new service
The Muara Port Company Sdn Bhd (MPC) yesterday unveiled its new service – the unstuffing activities of a Full Container Load (FCL) import container containing cargo for one consignee (one importer).
The new service is intended to improve the operation efficiency of the Muara Container Terminal (MCT) in line with the government’s Ease of Doing Business objectives and developing Muara Port as a gate way in the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).
The service can now be executed at the Inland Container Depot (ICD), a dedicated facility owned by the Ports Department under the Ministry of Communications which is located about 1km away from the MCT gate.
This gives the consignees or the importers via respective forwarding agents options whether to have their containers delivered to their premises or to be unstuffed at the ICD.
Ultimately, the idea is to have all containers to be delivered out from the port as quickly as possible thus reducing dwell times of these containers at MCT.
Similarly, export FCL containers requiring stuffing activities can also utilise this facility before the containers are to be stowed onto the vessel for export.
MPC as the newly appointed operator will strive to support Ease of Doing Business by reducing time taken to import for border compliance (from vessel arrival to clearance) and target to reduce time to under 32 hours as part of their commitment.
It is expected to give positive impact on movement of goods and fast track in connectivity for import, export and transit of goods within the BIMP-EAGA region along the ‘West economic corridor’.
This new additional facility will also be operated 24/7 which forwarders will have access to further provide efficient services to their respective consignees.
This initiative is a collaborative effort by the Ports Department under the Ministry of Communications, Royal Customs and Excise Department under the Ministry of Finance, the support by Brunei Freight Forwarders Association and other relevant stakeholders.
MPC, a newly-formed joint venture company between Darussalam Assets Sdn Bhd and Beibu Gulf (HK) Ltd, is the new operator for the MCT since February 21.
Source: Borneo Bulletin