PASIR GUDANG: All main ports in the country will be using the new digital uCustoms system by January next year.
Royal Malaysian Customs Department director-general Datuk Seri Subromaniam Tholasy said the new system would replace the current Customs Information System or better known as Sistem Maklumat Kastam (SKM).
“The new system will shorten the procedure of import and export management as it requires a little human intervention.
“Apart from that, it will also simplify the management of the ports and at the same time, boost the country’s competitiveness based on the report by Doing Business that was issued by the World Bank,” he said after launching Johor Port Bhd’s Import Export complex here.
He said the implementation of the new system would improve the country’s ranking in the Doing Business report where currently Malaysia was positioned on the 24th place among 119 countries worldwide.
“Currently, the new system is being applied at the west side of Port Klang in Selangor but come January 2019, it will be implemented at the northern side of the port as well as other main ports in Subang, Penang, KLIA and Johor,” he said.
During the event, MMC Port Holdings Sdn Bhd group chief executive officer Ian James said a three-storey complex and the main entrance of the Johor Port began construction in 2016 costing RM12mil.
He said seven Government agencies would be placed in the complex including the custom and immigration department, the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (Maqis), Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB), Johor Baru Health office as well as the Pharmacy Service Section.
“Besides the new complex, Johor Port Bhd, a member of the MMC Group, will also conduct repairs at the Customs Examination Area (CEA) and related buildings to allow examination works to be carried out efficiently,” he said.