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Integrating port community and regulatory

single window systems: international

experience and implications for Asia and the
Richard Morton, Secretary General
International Port Community Systems Association
October 20-21, 2015
Wuhan, China

Port Community Systems and other

private / public collaborative systems
are the way forward and need to be
incorporated into future methods of
border management.
Dr Alan Bersins, Assistant Secretary, US
Department for Homeland Security INCU
Inaugural Conference, Baku, Azerbaijan, May


Port Community Systems

Transport a complicated process
Trade Facilitation Challenges
PCS as Trade Facilitation tools
Port Community Systems / SW benefits

What is a Port Community System ?

A Port Community System is not an IT project, but a
change management project.
Javier Gallardo, Portic (IPCSA), Red VUCE meeting,
4th December, Cusco, Peru
A Port Community System is:

a neutral and open electronic platform enabling intelligent and

secure exchange of information between public and private
stakeholders in order to improve the competitive position of the
sea and air ports communities.
optimises, manages and automates port and logistics efficient
processes through a single submission of data and
connecting transport and logistics chains.

The Port Community System

a typical example


Transport A complicated process

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Trade Facilitation Challenges

Single Window
simplifies, harmonises
and automates, BUT
in general only
True Trade Facilitation
should link both
harmonisation and
automation of BOTH
Administrative and
Operational Processes

This is where a Port Community System or

Collaborative system is needed

PCS A Trade Facilitation Tool

Port Community Systems
Link administrative processes to operational ones
Thus re-using data for both purposes
and the re-use of existing Information Systems
Creating Transparency & reducing trade burdens
PCS can also act as a Gateway into a Single Window
Potentially reducing the number of interfaces for
Improving quality of data to administrations

PCS A Trade Facilitation Tool

PCS thus link
Administrative and
Operational procedures
electronically via the
exchange of messages on
a end to end basis
(machine to machine)
with all stakeholders.

Integrated PCS/ SW examples

Benin, Africa In two years
Increase from 150,000 to 250,000 TEU
Dwell time from 36 to less than 8
Increase custom revenue from 410m to 490m Euros

As of November 2014, 35% of the containers leave the port
in less than 5 days and 75% in less than 10 days.
loading times at the port of Casablanca fell from an average
of 4.9 days in August 2013 to 2.7 days by November 2014,
equivalent to a 45% decrease

Odessa, Ukraine In two years

Reduction from 43 days to 3 days on dwell time

Integrated PCS/ SW examples

Minimal delays in cargo movements as all processes
automated and linked
Most European major ports have PCS linked to a majority
of administrative and regulatory systems
Customs is fully automated and the PCS links this to the
operational process such as gate and terminal release.
Provides transparency to all stakeholders in the maritime
and logistics supply chain
Links with other administrative requirements veterinary,
phytosanitary, police etc.
Many PCS acting as gateway into the EU maritime Single
Window 2010/65

For more information on IPCSA

Richard Morton, Secretary General