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Global Ports launches digital tool for export containers

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Global Ports Group (Global Ports) has launched a service for digital issuance of orders for the loading of export containers at Petrolesport (PLP) and Ust-Luga Container Terminal (ULCT).

The news follows the developments made at company’s First Container Terminal (FCT), which became the first container terminal in Russia to launch a fully paperless export management system for export containers.

Global Ports said from now on all its customers will be able to manage export shipments via the Global Ports Unified Customer Portal.

Alexey Ermolin, Chief Information Officer of Global Ports, said, “The experience of implementing electronic export management at FCT has proven its success, and we have decided to expand this service to all of the Group’s marine terminals in the North-West of Russia.

“Now customers of PLP and ULCT do not need to re-enter data into the Federal Customs Service (FCS) system – the information in the customer’s account on our portal is automatically transferred to the customs authority in electronic form.

“In September 2021, we are planning to implement the service at Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company, located in the deep-water port of Vostochny”.

Digitising the last paper element of export processing, a shipment order, speeds up the processing of cargo shipments, according to Global Ports.

The technology of the digital exchange of legally binding documents with the customs authority is based on Global Ports’ Customer Portal and Sea Port’s Portal software functionality.

The adoption of this technology means that the procedure of order preparation by forwarding companies and issuance of documents confirmed by customs has been completely digitised.

Moreover, once a digital order has been issued, the terminal may start loading a container onto a vessel immediately without additional approval, further speeding up the process.

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

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