Pakistan International Container Terminal’s commitment to excellence is anchored on strict adherence to international and local safety regulations. During previous operations at the Port of Karachi, the company implemented the following protocols to ensure a safe and secure environment for all stakeholders inside the port:

Document Requirements

Visitors must submit the following in writing or through official email:

  • Name of visitor
  • Date and time of visit
  • Purpose of visit
  • Location / person to visit
  • CNIC number
  • Company name (if official visit)
  • Designation
  • Contractor’s name, nature of job, place of work and list of labor along with copy of CNIC and written request (on company letterhead) of contractor for issuance of passes


Pass Acquisition

Visiting company or firm should send a written request to the security manager/port facility security officer for the issuance of passes through the pass section (Security Department). The request should include the following:

  • Accomplished form with all the required documents
  • Recommendation of concerned department at PICT

Foreigners and Ship Crew

Foreigners are allowed to enter the terminal upon securing prior permission from concerned government authorities (i.e., Ministry of Interior Islamabad, Sindh Home Department, Ministry of Ports & Shipping, Director of Naval Intelligence/Dock Security Organization).

Foreign ships' crew are allowed to embark/disembark upon presentation of permit issued by the FIA Immigration Authority. They are also allowed to temporary exit the terminal (for a day) upon presentation of Shore Leave issued by the FIA Immigration Authority and identity pass.


There are several guidelines defined by PICT for individuals to follow in order to get through the security check; otherwise, security clearance would not be issued and access to the terminal will be denied. Visitors should take note of the following:

  • Availability of original CNIC during visit to the terminal
  • Motorcyclists are required to wear helmet before entry to the terminal
  • Vehicles must be parked at designated visitor areas
  • Cooperate with security checks for the following parts of the vehicle: boot (diggi of the car), dashboard, floor with under vehicle inspection via mirror
  • Monitoring through Under Vehicle Inspection System (UVIS)

The terminal and the port are restricted areas and therefore, there are some items/actions that are strictly prohibited:

  • photography of any kind
  • taxi/auto, rickshaw, hawkers or public transport
  • camera and any photo-capturing device
  • arms and munition
  • Loose fuel and flammable/explosive materials
  • knife, dagger and other sharp objects that can be used as a weapon
  • Loose fuel and inflammable material
  • fertilizer
  • drugs

Certified ISPS Code Compliant

Pakistan International Container Terminal is certified compliant with the ISPS Code, the international framework adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) through which ships and port facilities must operate to detect and deter international terrorism.