TDAP’s Automated Supply Chain Management
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