Malaysia port to join CSI

Malaysia port to join CSI

The Northport division of Malaysia's Port Kelang will implement the Container Security Initiative by the end of this year, local customs director Wazir Muaz said.

Eight officials from the Customs and Border Protection of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security visited Kelang recently to assess the systems needed to put the anti-terror procedures in place.

Wazir said discussions centered on site assessment, including evaluating pre-arrival information on containers bound for U.S. ports, technology and physical locations for co-locating inspectors and network equipment needed.

The official said it is important for Kelang to be judged a safe port under CSI to protect its role as a regional transshipment hub.

Malaysia's southern Port of Tanjung Pelepas, the fastest-growing in the region, announced its intention to adopt CSI earlier, joining the world's 20 biggest ports handling U.S.-bound consignments.

A third dedicated container berth is being built at Northport complementing an upgrade at adjacent Westport. The third berth at container Terminal 3 should be in operation early next year, and will boost Northport's capacity by a 1 million TEUs to about 4.6 million TEUs a year.

Northport, which shares Kelang with Westport, handles 55 percent of the port's total box volume. Northport registered throughput of 2.48 million TEUs last year, up 7.8 percent from 2.3 million in 2001.