TDAP’s Au­to­mated Sup­ply Chain Man­age­ment

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The dis­so­lu­tion of re­gional and global trade bar­ri­ers has in­vited newer competition for Pak­istan’s trade. The con­tem­po­rary trade prac­tices in­volve multi-party and multi-coun­try sup­ply chains. There­fore, the chal­lenge posed by glob­al­iza­tion is not only to achieve efficient man­age­ment of the global sup­ply chain, which is com­posed of pur­chas­ing, ma­te­ri­als man­age­ment, prod­uct dis­tri­bu­tion man­age­ment, sales, credit rat­ing, in­surance and de­liv­ery prom­ises, but also com­ple­tion of all reg­u­la­tory pro­ce­dures smoothly in the least pos­si­ble time. There­fore, the pro­ce­dures need to be em­bed­ded with fast speed, in­creased re­li­a­bil­ity, low risk and low-cost trans­ac­tion.

The Trade De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity of Pak­istan is mov­ing on the tracks of global e-com­merce to of­fer a rapid de­liv­ery sys­tem for prod­ucts and ser­vices, cor­re­spond­ing with the con­cept of in­stant e-busi­ness. TDAP’s mo­tive is that the right in­for­ma­tion has to be com­mu­ni­cated to the right party at the right point of time. This could be achieved only by adopt­ing IT so­lu­tions based on in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. Au­to­mated pro­cesses in­crease the se­cu­rity and trans­parency of busi­ness pro­cesses and in­for­ma­tion be­comes more re­li­able and costs sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced.

The year 2011 has been sig­nif­i­cant for ex­ports and Pak­istan is busy in fur­ther ex­plor­ing the mar­kets of China, Spain, and Cen­tral Asian Re­publics. Ex­ten­sive mar­ket­ing and sell­ing based on lo­cal and multi­na­tional mar­ket­ing com­pa­nies is be­ing un­der­taken by the TDAP to de­velop a sup­ply chain for goods that are coun­try spe­cific. To de­velop a strong sup­ply side for dif­fer­ent in­dus­trial and agri­cul­ture prod­ucts, tech­nol­ogy and mod­ern tech­niques are cen­tral as well as ex­ten­sive au­to­mated pro­cesses.

For cap­tur­ing a share in China’s $1 tril­lion im­port mar­ket, TDAP is col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Chinese for the de­vel­op­ment of glob­ally com­pli­ant ex­port-re­lated skills. Sim­i­larly, the visit of Spain’s El Corte del­e­ga­tion ear­lier this year was a re­sult of suc­cess­ful sup­ply chain mar­ket­ing ef­forts by the Com­mer­cial Sec­tion of TDAP.

To par­tic­i­pate in the global sup­ply chains, there is the re­quire­ment of an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for free move­ment of goods and ser­vices across borders. There also arises the need to con­form to the nec­es­sary reg­u­la­tory and statu­tory in­stru­ments. This in­cludes pro­cesses based on speed and agility in the pro­duc­tion and flow of goods and an open attitude to in­for­ma­tion shar­ing.

TDAP even as­sures efficient con­trols through the au­to­mated sys­tem. The need for ap­pro­pri­ate leg­is­la­tion to cover the ac­cep­tance of a dig­i­tal sig­na­ture and cer­tifi­cates is taken care of by the au­to­mated sys­tem. By ad­dress­ing the tech­ni­cal as­pects of global busi­ness, there is de­vel­op­ment of a cor­po­rate cul­ture that looks at and takes re­spon­si­bil­ity for the en­tire sup­ply chain and keenly fo­cuses on sat­is­fy­ing the needs and pref­er­ences of clients.

More­over, the adop­tion of elec­tronic doc­u­ments by the Na­tional Trade and Trans­port Fa­cil­i­ta­tion Com­mit­tee (NTTFC) to par­tic­i­pate in in­ter­na­tional trad­ing is an im­por­tant step to­wards com­pli­ance with au­to­mated sys­tems. Small and Medium en­ter­prises can seek train­ing for elec­tronic doc­u­men­ta­tion through SMEDA. The Min­istry of Com­merce has au­to­mated the NTTFC Sec­re­tariat by em­ploy­ing IT spe­cial­ists. Also, the pa­per­less Pak­istan Cus­toms Com­put­er­ized Sys­tems (PaCCS) func­tions in a web en­abled en­vi­ron­ment for sub­mit­ting goods dec­la­ra­tion and self as­sess­ment of the cus­toms dues. It stays on­line with all do­mes­tic reg­u­la­tory authorities and stake­hold­ers. PaCCS pro­vides au­to­ma­tion to the fol­low­ing ar­eas of Pak­istan’s trade: • TARIP (Tar­iff & In­te­grated Pol­icy) for au­to­mated reg­u­la­tion of im­port or ex­port of cargo to and from Pak­istan. IN­TRA (In­te­grated Reg­u­la­tory Authorities) is an on­line na­tion­wide net­work con­nect­ing all stake­hold­ers in­volved in im­ports, ex­ports and move­ment of cargo with PACCS. • ECHO (En­hanced Cargo Han­dling & Port Op­ti­miza­tion) – an on­line con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween the car­ri­ers, PaCCS and Ter­mi­nal Op­er­a­tor. • AC­CESS (Au­to­mated Cus­toms Clear­ance Sys­tem). While reg­u­la­tion of the sup­ply chain is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the gov­ern­ment authorities, man­age­ment pro­ce­dures have to be stream­lined by the ex­porters and im­porters in­volved in in­ter­na­tional trade. There­fore, au­to­mated pro­cesses form the base of cur­rent trade de­mands. Com­ple­tion of the re­quired set of de­mands de­ter­mines en­hanced trade fa­cil­i­ta­tion among the con­cerned par­ties

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