The Ports Development Company, the owner and developer of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Port, has announced the completion of the building of a central operating room monitoring, and linking together, the X-ray customs inspection systems in the port. The room will also equip all customs inspection areas with a wireless network built according to the latest global technologies. The project has been successfully delivered to the Saudi Customs in King Abdullah Port, making the port a pioneer in this field.
The project was completed in two phases; the first of which included equipping all customs inspection areas with a 1.75 gigabit wireless network using a method used for the first time in the Kingdom. Customs officers will be able to inspect containers through a tablet in the inspection area and send all comments to the customs system directly. The traditional way required leaving the site and returning to the office to input the information manually.
In the second phase, inspection equipment in King Abdullah Port was connected using optical fibres to the central operating room. In turn, the central operating room is connected to the customs systems through air fibre technology, with a very fast speed of up to 2 gigabits per second.
From its side, Saudi Customs says that successfully clearing containers within 24 hours of arrival depends primarily on establishing the import statement prior to the container’s arrival, which will enable the department and government entities related to the customs clearance process to finalise procedures while the containers are still on the vessels. Containers are transferred upon their arrival directly from the vessel to X-ray inspection and then to final clearance.