APM Terminals to roll out the first paperless trade system in Russia


APM Terminals (APMT) has announced the First Container Terminal will become the first Russian terminal to transfer to a fully paperless export management system for containers.

In a statement, APMT said the technology will enable the digital exchange of legally binding documents with the customs authority and is based on Global Ports’ customer portal and Sea Port’s portal software functionality.

Global Ports is a joint venture between APMT and local experts Delo, onf the largest transportation and logsitcs holding companies in Russia, both of which own 30.75%.

The new digital export management system allows forwarding companies to upload orders and customs will issue documentation digitally.

According to APMT this will enable the terminal to commence the loading of a container onto a vessel immediately without additional approval.

The forwarding company, customs authority, terminal and the shipping line all have online access to information about the status of the container at all stages of the process.

This, APMT said, will significantly decrease the time required to handle a shipment of export containers and will greatly simplify the interaction between the process participants.

“Global Ports is working hard to make its service as convenient as possible for customers and partners,” said Alexey Yermolin, Director of Information Technology at Global Ports.

“Shipment orders remained the last “paper” element in export shipments. Due to our efficient interaction with customs, we have now made this document digital as well.

“Now, an export shipment may be ordered and traced on our customer portal. The technology we use guarantees data protection and integrity of data after it is entered into the electronic document flow system.”

The service will be rolled out across all Global Ports terminals in Russia throughout 2020. The technology will also be developed to include shipping lines’ functionality into the system, which will allow the digital preparation of documents that foreign economic activity players require to confirm the zero VAT rate application.

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