Antwerp unveils innovative data-driven container release process

ANTWERP, BELGIUM - JUL 9, 2013: Mobile Container Spreaders at the MSC Home shipping terminal in the Port of Antwerp.

The Port of Antwerp has introduced Certified Pick Up, a new container release process based on the sharing of real-time information on a unique central data platform, as it looks to build a more secure, effective and resilient supply chain.

In a statement, the Port said it had taken the measure to “improve operational efficiency and transparency”. The system will regulate the release of containers based on coded identification and authorisation information.

Additionally, it collaborated with its subsidiary NxtPort, which as a port community platform has already developed a series of digital application for the Antwerp port community, to design Certified Pick Up.

Certified Pick up will become obligatory for all supply chain partners involved in the container release process as of November 2020, January 2021 at the latest.

All containers leaving an Antwerp port terminal by truck, rail or barge (including transhipment containers and empty shipper-owned containers) fall under this obligation, with the legal framework being included in the Port Police Regulations. The Port has opted for a phased approach in order to ensure the stable expansion of the system. 

Connecting to Certified Pick up will yield advantages of efficiency for operators in the logistics chain. These include improvements in security, simplification of administrative processes and shorter transit times for containers in the Port.

In the next few months the Port will take the necessary steps to implement Certified Pick up and together with NxtPort it will organise information sessions tailored to the various partners involved in the logistics chain. 

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