On March 7th 2018, The Gwadar International Terminals Limited (GITL) which is an operating company of China Overseas Ports Holding Company (COPHC – the concession holder of Gwadar Port & Gwadar Free Zone), has successfully initiated the first Container Liner Service of COSCO Shipping Line.
For the first time in the history of Pakistan, all three commercial harbors/ container terminals of Pakistan were linked together through this unique service i.e. KGS (Karachi-Gwadar-Gulf Service) of COSCO Shipping Line.
KGS is a fixed scheduled weekly container liner service, calling Gwadar every Tuesday. Service rotation of Port Qasim – Karachi – Gwadar – Jebel Ali – Sharjah – Abu Dhabi – Jebel Ali- Port Qasim connecting Gwadar with Global trading hubs of the regions.
Since the start of KGS service, the Gwadar Port has operationally connected with the World’s seaports. COSCO’s KGS service vessels connecting Gwadar with the Gulf region which is further connected with various mother liner serves of COSCO calling almost every regional terminals of the world.
During the recent KGS call at Gwadar Terminal i.e. on 27th August 2019, all the containers were successfully handled through recently inaugurated fully integrated paperless/computerized Customs Clearance System i.e. WeBOC (Pakistan’s Online Customs Clearance System).
Under the umbrella of China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor (CPEC), the connectivity of Gwadar especially with Afghanistan, Central Asian Regional States and Western China has been substantially improved.
In addition to that, the Tax Incentives for the investors of Gwadar Free Zone has also been approved by the ECC (Economic Coordination Committee) during the last ECC meeting held in August 2019 in Islamabad, these incentives will be notified in coming days.
In the presence of all these alignments, the Gwadar Port is targeting the large untapped market of Coastal Trade between national seaports, Afghan Transit Trade (ATT), Regional Transshipments and Global Exports & Imports. Trade of multiple commodities from Balochistan especially Seafood, fruits, vegetables, marble & minerals and many other locally available commodities are anticipated to be highly benefitted to uplift the local market of Gwadar and its close proximity.
Moreover, a number of dedicated seminars, trade shows and meetings with trade associations and chambers are planned to be conducted at a large scale to create awareness and to gain the confidence of all the stakeholders. The team of Gwadar Terminal is continuously exerting efforts to connect all the stakeholders together to reap up the mutual benefits from this vital opportunity.
In order to facilitate the KGS service operations, the GITL has substantially improved the port facilities such as:
⦁ Installation of Five (5) New STS Cranes
⦁ Installation of Container Scanner with an Advanced Inspection System.
⦁ Successfully built and paved 100,000 square meters of new Stockyards.
⦁ RO Plant producing 220,000 gallons of water per day;
⦁ Complete rehabilitation of the Port Infrastructure, Equipment, Warehousing and other Port facilities.
⦁ Operationalization of Online Customs Clearance (WeBOC).
⦁ State-of-the-Art building for Model Customs Collectorate Gwadar.
With the substantial improvement of Gwadar Port facilities, the capacity and productivity of the port have also improved for the load and discharge of containers and general cargo. Now the Gwadar Terminal is fully geared up to welcome all the Traders (Importers & Exporters) of all kinds of cargoes, Container vessel & General cargo ships from any part of the world.
The Port Authority/ Government of Pakistan has also improved several Navigational services such as the installation of Leading light, repair & installation of new light buoys, dredging of the channel and Port & Ship security arrangements at Gwadar Port for the facilitation of KGS service.