Supply Chain Security

Pakistan-US Customs & Border Protection

Integrated Container Control (IC3) Programme

Supply Chain Security

IC3 Programme is a pioneering effort by the national customs administration of Pakistan in collaboration with the US Customs & Border Protection to implement the supply chain security standards enunciated by the latter for the security of bilateral trade lanes.

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Pakistan Customs and the US Customs & Border Protection Department (USCBBP) are jointly administering the Integrated Cargo/Container Control (IC3) Programme at Port Qasim in Pakistan.

2.       The Programme is based on the Container Security Initiative (CSI), later superseded by the Safe Freight Initiative (SFI). The purpose of the Programme is to facilitate the flow of genuine commercial cargo from important countries to the US markets through their inspection at the port of shipment, instead of the port of landing in the US, and to forestall any untoward eventuality in that regard.

3.       Pakistan has been offered partnership under the IC3 Programme in the wake of a thorough assessment of its eligibility to meet the various operational standards laid down under it, including advanced level of automation in handling of imports and exports by Customs, International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) certification of all Pakistani sea-ports etc. The IC3 Programme will be implemented as per the following pattern:

(a)       The US-bound cargo will be screened by Customs authorities through large-scale scanners and sensors at Port Qasim at first, with potential extension of this facility to other sea-ports and terminals in Karachi in due course. The screening results will be viewed simultaneously in Pakistan and US via a live video link.

(b)       All necessary equipment for the implementation of the IC3 Programme, including the scanner and censors, will be provided by the USCBP and DOE free of cost to Pakistan. Training will also be provided to officials of Pakistan Customs.

(c)       The containers carrying the screened cargo will be sealed with security tapes prior to their shipment to the US. There would be no further inspection of the cargo in US after its clearance at Port Qasim, except in cases of tampering of the seal or other similar circumstances.

(d)       USCBP will employ two Foreign Service Nationals (locals) to coordinate with Pakistan Customs for the examination and clearance of US-bound export cargo.

4.       The IC3 Programme has a direct bearing on Pakistan’s exports to the US and their access to its markets in near future. Pakistan’s exports to the US stands at an average of 3.5 billion dollars per annum, which constitute nearly twenty four percent of Pakistan’s total global exports. This volume is likely to grow further during the current year and beyond in view of the infrastructure expansion in the domain of textiles and other products in Pakistan.

5.       The IC3 Programme is in successful operation since 2005.

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