Container Seal Management in an Indian Port with UHF

 With the continuous development of international trade, the international logistics business has also grown fastly. As the main carriers for international logistics and transportation, containers carry 90% of the world's international cargo. India has a vast land area with a coastline of 7516.6 kilometers. And 70% of international trade is carried out through 12 major ports on the Indian coast and 200 small and medium-sized ports. Therefore, the Customs Department of India plays a significant transit role for international trade whose daily throughput is huge.


  • The traditional container sealing system supervised by the central executive department has gradually exposed many problems during the actual implementation process. The inefficient operation of cargos has negatively affected the operation of cargo transportation and trade. 
  • The traditional port management of containers mainly relies on manual operation. The staff examines and approves the goods, then reports for export. And the speed of goods review is slow to make the work time-consuming and labor-intensive, often resulting in a large backlog of goods in the port. And if the goods are stranded at the port, the exporter must pay a detention fee, which increases the cost of trade. Therefore, the exporter assumes a greater risk and may miss the final delivery date. Exporters are also unable to know the real-time status of goods transported to and from the port. Thus the transparency and safety of the goods are not guaranteed, which causes great problems for exporters and brings difficulty to Customs management.
  • In response to the series of problems, Indian government decided to eliminate the traditional container sealing system, and upgrade the original system to a more reliable supervision system, so as to effectively manage the containers of import and export. Customs department of India consulted RFID technicians and experts and got a proposal that combines RFID readers and related software applications. Finally, the Customs Officers chose Chainway to provide professional RFID readers that are equipped with its self-developed RFID module. 
  • Based on actual application, related software and supporting systems, Chainway has customized a new reliable RFID-based solution for Customs department of Indian, which can be deployed in container self-sealing system for each exporter.
  • A RFID electronic tag is installed on the container. The officers use Chainway RFID readers to scan the electronic tag, so as to obtain the information of the container. Meanwhile, the data can be transmitted to the background through the network for centralized processing. Officers can track the container based on the system, which enables the real-time dispatching and capacity allocation of the container transportation carriers.
  • Exporters are required to self-seal the container for export and furnish the e-seal number, date of sealing, time of sealing, destination customs station for export, container number and trailer track number on the authorized vendor’s software with the help of RFID readers. When the container arrives at the port, Customs officers can use the same application software and handheld devices to inspect. The captured data can be transmitted to the Customs server for further inspection by authorities. 
  • The deployment of Chainway RFID readers enables self-sealing of the container, which not only streamlines the process of the packaging, but also allows the customs officers to track the information of the containers at any time. Meanwhile, it provides the exporters with cargo tracking information to boost operational efficiency.

PDA Configuration
P/N: C72/C3000
Functions: 2D, UHF RFID, 4G/3G