PCS – Land
Community Systems for Border Crossings and Landlocked Countries
Operators of inland terminals, warehouses and retail need timely information about the status of their goods to plan local means for handling of same. Not to forget timely information for the facilitators of the transport being truck, rail and barge operators . In most cases PCS for sea- and airfreight also include services to reduce the complexity for the inland transport. In the context of reducing gas emissions, the planning for inland transport is an essential part of the logistic flow of the cargo. With the use of a PCS, handling the landside transport flow, the optimum form of transport planning and timely notifications to parties concerned can be realized. Apart from this B2B process, landside PCS services are also exchanging the necessary data with authorities for release of goods and inspection purposes. To combine all these processes with the use of a PCS landside the same information and time of availability is used by all parties concerned.
International Port Community System Association
A Port Community System:
- is a neutral and open electronic platform enabling intelligent and secure exchange of information between public and private stakeholders in order to improve the competitive position of the sea and air ports’ communities.
- optimises, manages and automates port and logistics processes through a single submission of data and connecting transport and logistics chains.
A Port Community System Operator:
- is a public, private or public/private organisation that operates and maintains a Port Community System and where the Port Community System represents the core of that organisation’s business.
- has a board, or some form of steering committee, made up of representatives from different internal and external groups within the port and logistics community.
- has ‘service level agreements’ with PCS users to manage the electronic exchange of information between different parties on their behalf.