The PROTECT Group was originally formed in the 1990s. It supports the electronic reporting required by authorities from vessels entering or leaving a port or port area. PROTECT maintains and develops EDI through the PROTECT Guide. It also designed and now maintains the IFTDGN (Dangerous Goods), BERMAN (Berth Management) and WASDIS (Waste Disposal) Messages, which are published through UN/EDIFACT.

In January 2020, PROTECT was integrated into IPCSA in order to support and develop the group’s expertise and design new electronic exchanges for Port Authorities in the global environment.

The Chairman of the PROTECT Group is Jerome Besancenot of HAROPA Port of Le Havre.

PROTECT is open to all IPCSA members; IPCSA encourages its members to be proactive and provide experience and knowledge to support the PROTECT Group and to suggest and develop new topics, initiatives and projects.