The IoT Cross Boundary Fast-Clearance developed by LSCM interconnects the Hong Kong Custom’s Intermodal Transshipment Facilitation Scheme (ITFS) with the speedy Customs Clearance (SCC) of the Mainland Customs. With the official launch of the ‘Single E-lock Scheme’ in late March 2016, the customs clearance between Hong Kong and Guangdong becomes more convenient and efficient.

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  • E-lock 1
  • E-lock 2
Research completion
Commercialisation opportunities
technology licensing
Problem addressed

This projects aims at reducing duplicate inspection on the same shipment by both Customs authorities at the boundary in Hong Kong and in the Mainland, which helps to streamline the clearance process and expedite the flow of transhipment cargoes. It enhances the efficiency of cross-border custom clearance across multiple jurisdictions, while maintaining tight security and control.

  • The system enables real-time GPS tracking and monitoring. It also offers unique security token control.
  • This a single locking device (E-lock) supports the execution of multiple jurisdictions, as well as independent locking control across jurisdictions
Key impact
  • Since the trial of the "Intermodal Transshipment Facilitation Scheme" (ITFS) from 2012 and "Single E-lock scheme" (SELS) from 2016 , it has been extended to 63 clearance points in Guangdong province and the 13 clearance points in Hong Kong, 819 express intermodal transportation routes are offered. Up to February 2022,  more than 7.42 million cargo shipments have been handled under SELS, while over 77.6 million cargo shipments have been handled under ITFS.
  • Silver Medal at the 45th International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva in 2017
  • Boundary custom clearance and logistics
Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre (LSCM)

Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre (LSCM) was founded in 2006, with funding from the Innovation and Technology Fund of The Government of the Hong Kong SAR, and is co-hosted by the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. It aims to strengthen the local logistics sector and related industries by providing a one-stop resource for applied research and technology transfer, and to reinforce cooperation between the industry and research institutes to bring about meaningful and significant impact on the industry and the community. 

LSCM serves the industry by initiating research projects, contract research, as well as providing business matching opportunities, technology transfer and intellectual property commercialisation. LSCM initiates technology and knowledge transfer to the marketplace to promote industrial digitalisation, facilitate technology advancement and strengthen Hong Kong’s position as a leading logistics and commercial hub.