Seasons Greetings from IPCSA

19 December 2019

IPCSA wishes Seasons Greetings to all our members, partners, regional and international organisations that have help make 2019 an eventful year. The hard work and commitment of our members who play a key role in Trade Facilitation across and Electronic Exchange of Information the world, have ensured the Association grows and develops.

IPCSA has welcomed new members into the IPCSA family from across the globe, including Ports of Genoa (Italy), Port of Algeciras Bay Authority (Spain), Polski PCS (Poland), Hellenic Port Community System (Greece), LOGINK (China), Tanger Med Port Authority (Morocco) and our first in the Caribbean Port St Maarten (St Maarten). IPCSA members now operate in excess of 50 countries, covering over 250 seaports, airports and border crossings, which handle in excess of 500mTEU's and 10 billion tonnes of cargo. This is the equivalent to at least 40 million electronic messages exchanged daily.

Initiatives driven by IPCSA Members including the IPCSA Blockchain Bill of Lading , which the participating IPCSA members have been tirelessly working on during 2019 with the fruits of their endeavours being rewarded with the first Exchange of a Bill in the coming months, have been at the forefront of IPCSA activities. The Logistics Visibility Task Force with Alibaba and LOGINK launched in 2018 took shape and pilots have already started taking place on creating greater transparency in the supply chain, this is continuing into 2020.

Not to forget the Regulatory and Policy side of things where IPCSA has provided positive input into the IMO Revised FAL Convention, EU Maritime Single Window environment, EU Customs initiatives and foresights with the WCO and EU into global customs of the future. In addition, we continue to promote the use of international standards and internationally recognised Data Reference Models including those at UNCEFACT, WCO and ISO. The message for 2020 is “Standardisation and Harmonisation.”

2020 will be an exciting and interesting year for IPCSA and its members specific topics that stand out include:

  • The integration of PROTECT into IPCSA, which is a great step forward in collaboration and development of standards for Ports and which will extend the work of the PROTECT Group into the international environment.
  • A new IPCSA Initiative of its members to exchange and share data Port to port and Cross Border whilst simultaneously simplifying contractual and fee negotiations will be announced in January 2020.
  • The welcoming of new members from around the World as IPCSA grows and continues to promote “community and collaboration” another key message for 2020.

IPCSA and its members visited all parts of the world Africa, South America, North America, Europe and Asia in its role as an ambassador for trade facilitation and the electronic exchange of information during 2019. This included supporting Inter-Governmental Organisations around the world to provide neutral advice and guidance on topics including Single Window, Port Community Systems and Logistics and Customs information flows.

On behalf of IPCSA, the Chairman Hans Rook, the Vice-Chairman Javier Gallardo, Richard Morton Secretary General and the Members of IPCSA we would like to thank our entire community for their continued support and we look forward to seeing you all in 2020.

For further information Contact: Richard Morton, Secretary General, IPCSA Tel: 00447796334960,