Trade Facilitation

Port Community System

Objective

The National Port Community system is a neutral electronic platform that enables intelligent and secure exchange of information between the public and private stakeholders in order to improve the competitive position of the sea and airport communities. PCS optimizes, manages and automates port and logistics processes through a single submission of data and connecting transport and logistics chains”, quoting the IPCSA. The PCS concept is usually implemented with a commitment to facilitate the re-use of data from a single submission reusing existing systems, providing value-added use of information, bringing visibility and transparency over cargo, standardizing and optimizing processes and procedures and, in a broader way, implementing business process re-engineering.

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.
  • optimizes, manages and automates port and logistics processes through a single submission of data and connecting transport and logistics chains

A Port Community System Operator

  • is an organization that is either public, private or public/private that operates and maintains a Port Community System and where the Port Community System represents the core of that organizations business.
  • has a board, or some form of steering committee, made up of representatives from different internal and external groups within the Port and Logistics community
  • has “service level agreements” with PCS users to manage the electronic exchange of information between different parties on their behalf.

PCS Services

A PCS is a modular system with functionality designed to provide all the various sectors and players within a port community environment with tools specific to them, thus delivering a tightly integrated system. Developed for port users by port users, a PCS encompasses exports, imports, transshipments, consolidations, hazardous cargo and maritime statistics reporting.

PCSs, in general, provide a range of services and key features which can be summarized as follows:

  • Easy, fast and efficient EDI information exchange, re-use and centralization, available 24/7/365
  • Customs declarations
  • Electronic handling of all information regarding import and export of containerized, general and bulk cargo
  • Status information and control, tracking and tracing through the whole logistics chain.
  • Processing of dangerous goods
  • Processing of maritime and other statistics

Source, International Port Community System Association

Progress

A National Port Community System proposed to be introduced in support of Oman’s ambitions to evolve into a logistics-enabled economy has the potential to unleash around $3.8 billion in economic benefits for the port community over a 12-year timeframe. Based on the ‘single window’ concept, the NPCS will enable the intelligent and secure exchange of information between public and private stakeholders with the aim of improving the competitive position of the seaport community in Oman. It will optimize, manage and automate port and logistics processes via the establishment of a standardized platform that connects all transport and logistics chains.
A feasibility study initiated by Oman Logistics Centre with the goal of assessing the potential for implementing the Port Community System has since been completed. A comparative analysis of the different models was completed and the most suitable option for Oman’s needs was identified.
Direct benefits accruing to the port community upon the introduction of a Port Community System are estimated at RO 25 million over a 12-year period. However, the indirect benefits to the port community are projected at a hefty RO 3.8 billion over the same period. These indirect benefits are accrued via productivity gains through increased use of electronic reporting, reductions in time, process improvements, improved planning and utilization of resources.

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