Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT), Pakistan's leading container terminal operator, has been in operation since 1998. It is located within the Port of Karachi, a natural deepwater harbour west of the Indus Delta on the Arabian Sea. The facility has five berths equipped with modern container-handling equipment. KICT is ISPS code compliant and is ISO 9001:2008 certified. KICT is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group, a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), is the world’s leading port investor, developer and operator. The HPH network of port operations comprises 319 berths in 52 ports, spanning 26 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. Over the years, HPH has expanded internationally into other logistics and transportation-related. These include cruise ship terminals, airport and hotel operations, distribution centres, rail services, and ship repair facilities. In 2013, the HPH port network handled a combined throughput of 78.3 million TEU worldwide. HPH is a fully certified and validated member of "Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)" at a global level, with a single membership covering all HPH business units.