How to tackle Border Controls

Logistics in itself can carry many challenges; venturing cross border increases risk, particularly at border level. According to Habiba Ben Barka, Senior Planning Economist; cross boarder growth targets are failing, attributed mainly by existing border control practices and challenges. Typically borders are porous and offer little control or traceability. Containers are targeted by well organised crime rings, often involving border control personnal. So how can border controls, as they are, be optimised for safer passage?

Traceability is the key and it is now up to the company transporting the goods to ensure for greater tracking through borders and assisting current border control measures to ensure less theft and lower counterfeiting opportunities. Pagemark Africa, part of Pagemark Global, has introduced a product into the African market designed for product traceability, anti-counterfeiting and tracking. The Pelta™ solution can provide customs with a system that ensures the efficient administration and control of inbound and outbound containers across border crossings and ports of entry.

The core challenge is how to improve the processes of moving goods and services across national boundaries, and henceforth, building and operating efficient border posts and customs procedures. To date, few trade facilitation initiatives have successfully addressed this challenge.” – Habiba Ben Barka, Senior Planning Economist

Using Pelta™ Technology to reduce Theft and Counterfeiting at the Border

Pelta™ technology operates through the use of an authenticity seal which has a unique and secure 2D code allowing the authority to:

  • Validate the authenticity of the container security label
  • Generate quick and simple inquiries through smart-phones
  • Provide additional options such as SMS validation process (text message) and online validation process

In addition to the above, a GPS monitoring system can monitor and control containers across all ports and borders. By simply reading the Pelta™ code on the plastic lock with a smartphone, customs officials will be able to identify all pertinent information relating to the specific container and track it via geolocation technology.

Before venturing into Africa, take time to understand the markets. Each trade region carries challenges which may change time to time depending on the political landscape. Bottom-line, it takes planning and patience.

To read “Border Posts, Checkpoints, and Intra-African Trade: Challenges and Solutions by Habiba Ben Barka, Senior Planning Economist, click here (link:

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