IPCSA welcomes its 25th Member

13 July 2015
IPCSA welcomes its 25th Member

The International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA) has reached a landmark, welcoming its 25th member as it continues to expand its area of influence and expertise around the world. 

The Société d’Exploitation du Guichet Unique pour le Commerce Extérieur du Togo (Seguce Togo) is the latest member to sign up to IPCSA. Developed by the Bureau Veritas BIVAC/SOGET consortium, Seguce Togo is already operating a Port Community System (PCS) in the Port of Lome and the land borders, and it is midway through the implementation phase at Eyadema International Airport.   

Richard Morton, secretary general of IPCSA, said: “We welcome Seguce Togo as our 25th member and as part of our growing membership outside Europe. IPCSA was originally founded as the European Port Community Systems Association in 2011, by six European-based PCS operators. However, as we attracted more and more of members from far beyond Europe’s borders, we relaunched as an international association last year. “Our membership today operates in ports handling in excess of 90 million containers and 2.5 billion tonnes of cargo a year – statistics that show the growing importance and influence of Port Community Systems in supporting effective trade facilitation. We look forward to working with Seguce Togo, which will bring its own unique set of circumstances and experiences to the association.” 

The Seguce Togo PCS is part of a bigger picture which is creating a Single Window for Foreign Trade in Togo. 

The PCS started operations in mid 2014 with the processing of full import containers and has been expanded step-by-step since then. It will include all traffic flows, such as LCL, ro-ro, breakbulk and conventional and hydrocarbons, as well as exports. Implementation has required a very significant amount of training to assist all stakeholders in the transition from paper-based to electronic processes. “We have already trained 1,000 people at the port,” says CEO Olivier Lederer. “It is a very big change, moving from paper to electronic. People naturally feel comfortable with paper, the way they have always worked. But already they have found that the clearance process is so much better and faster, so they can do more business in less time.” 

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