IPCSA launches global Port Community Systems study


The International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA) has announced the launch of its study which aims to support the development of Port Community Systems across the globe.

The new study focuses on the practical development of Port Community Systems (PCS) as well as the neutral electronic exchange platforms, covering elements including governance, business models, technology, standards, cybersecurity and customs and community stakeholder involvement.

“The time is right for this in-depth study,” said Richard Morton, Secretary-General of the IPCSA.

“A notable impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been wider recognition that Port Community Systems are a vital trade facilitation tool in ports – and yet there is still a lack of understanding about how the PCS operates and what it does and doesn’t do.

“In particular, technology and IT are just the enablers. The creation and successful implementation of a Port Community System is a change management project far more than an IT project. Time needs to be taken to build the community and establish trust.”

Hans Rook, IPCSA Chairman, added “This valuable study will provide a baseline standard for PCS development around the world. We all have all seen studies that become outdated in a short time, but our approach will be to create a modular study that allows use cases and other elements to be updated simply and on a regular basis.

“We are determined to ensure that the latest information is available. The study will be carried out using the experience and knowledge of IPCSA members, who are based around the globe and range from the first PCSs in the world through to up-and-coming PCS and Single Window operators. In alignment with this, we are looking to develop a similar project covering Cargo Community Systems (CCS) in airports.”

The IPCSA has also become a new member of the World Customs Organization’s Influential Private Sector Consultative Group (PSCG). Announced in July 2021, the company said it is looking forward to sharing its experience and expertise with the rest of the group.

For more information and to support in the development of the study, or to enquire about how to become and IPCSA member please contact:
Richard Morton, Secretary General
Tel: 0044 7796334960
Website: www.ipcsa.international
IPCSA Global PCS Study Contact:
Anna Navarro – anna.navarro@ipcsa.international

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