Barbados Port Inc. (BPI) joins the International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA)


Barbados Port Inc. (BPI), the newest member of the International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA), looks forward to deepening its relationship with IPCSA while continuing to change the dynamics of logistics at the Port of Bridgetown with the introduction of its own Port Community System.

In the early stages of its PCS research, BPI identified IPCSA as a benchmark for the project, and the association proved to be an excellent resource from concept through project implementation.

“Formalizing the relationship with IPCSA is aligned with our broader vision for international trade and is part of our strategic approach to digitalization and building a more inclusive and integrated logistics platform,” said BPI CEO, David Jean Marie.
“As we embark on this new course, being able to share best practices and learn from other like-minded, forward-looking organizations is key to our continued growth,” he said. added.

The €540,258 Barbados PCS project, co-funded by the European Union and overseen by the Caribbean Development Bank, will introduce a paperless system for processing shipments in Bridgetown. The PCS should be operational in 2023.

IPCSA General Secretary Richard Morton said: “We are delighted to be able to support BPI in their important work of developing and implementing a port community system and delighted with the team’s decision to join IPCSA. as a full member. We look forward to sharing experience and knowledge from both sides.

The new PCS, according to Rommel Edwards, BPI’s Director of Innovation and Digital Development, will enable simple and efficient electronic data exchange between government agencies and port customers, as well as the electronic processing of all information concerning the clearance of containerized, general and bulk cargo. . It will also provide real-time access to information for control, tracking and tracing throughout the supply chain, improve administration, recording, tracking, reporting and data analysis using the platform, and will enable better documentation through simplification, standardization, streamlining and harmonization of customs clearance processes and procedures.

Coupled with a maritime one-stop shop, also under development, these elements are key to the digital transformation of the port and support increased efficiency, performance and productivity, he explained.

Richard Morton said: “IPCSA continues to expand its membership, both in numbers and in geographic scope. After celebrating our tenth anniversary last year, we are making progress on a series of important projects, including our Network of Trusted Networks (NoTN), a unique and secure port-to-port and cross-border data exchange solution for chains supply.

IPCSA is an international association of sea and air port community system operators, sea and air port authorities and single window operators, recognized worldwide for providing advice and guidance on the electronic exchange of information across borders and throughout the supply chain.

The association has members from around the world who manage the exchange of information for business-to-business, government-to-business, and government-to-government processes and facilitate the cross-border movement of goods. This equates to the electronic exchange of information relating to more than 500 million TEUs and 10 billion tonnes of cargo for air, sea and land transport – estimated at more than 50 billion million traded each year.

IPCSA focuses on supporting and facilitating systems and innovations for members and users of the Port Community System, and promoting the use of international data standards at sea and air ports, at border crossings and through one-stop-shop systems around the world. IPCSA is a recognized NGO with consultative status with UNECOSOC and IMO.
The PROTECT group develops and supports the electronic declaration required by the authorities for ships entering or leaving a port or port area. It maintains and develops the IDE through the PROTECT Guide. PROTECT is now fully integrated with IPCSA.
Source: International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA)

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