Two container trucks carried goods imported from third country left Kolkata port for Birgunj, Nepal on 18 April, 2018. The trucks fitted with an electronic cargo tracking system (ECTS) which can offer real time location information of the vehicle.
According to the Office of the Consul General in Kolkata, the locks on the containers are equipped with radio frequency identification (RFID) devices. Commerce Ministry said that RFID devices are used in the whole world and help authorities and private transporters to track the location of their goods in transit. Consul General in India Ek Narayan Aryal said: “We will make it mandatory on all containers carrying third-country imports based on the effectiveness of devices.”
In June 2017, India and Nepal signed a memorandum that pilots the tracking system to ease transit of goods by road and rail from Kolkata to four major customs points in Nepal: Sirsiya inland container depot via Raxaul, Birgunj via Raxaul, Biratnagar via Jogbani, and Bhairahawa via Sunauli.
At present, traders have trouble in the name of security check at several check points in India. It’s predicted that RFID devices can solve these problems and decrease the cost, because they needn’t pay the cost of trading by a significant amount. The devices can also simplify the customs clearing process. Containers will be attached to RFID chips that can track the goods when they leave port.