CICT uses ‘e-Boat Notes’
In an attempt to reduce paper in export documentation, Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) announced that it is to implement ‘e Boat Notes’ in collaboration with Sri Lanka Customs. This is the first terminal operator in the Port of Colombo to implement e-Boat Notes of this nature.
The Boat Note which runs for about four pages per container, is generated by the Export Facilitation Centre and is required for a terminal operator to load an export container. With CICT’s Terminal Operation System (TOS) being linked to the systems of Sri Lanka Customs, the Boat Notes of Sri Lankan exporters can now be sent electronically to CICT.
Officially termed an electronic CDN message by the Customs, the e Boat Note will enhance efficiency, expedite the process and reduce manpower requirements while significantly reducing use of paper.
“Although CICT only just completed its second full year of operation, we have implemented several initiatives to reduce the volumes of paper generated in our documentation processes,” the company’s CEO Ray Ren said.
Among other paper-saving initiatives implemented by CICT are electronic invoicing, online payments to shipping lines and online payments to consignees.