A joint venture between Israel Port Community System (IPCS) and the Israeli Administration of Shipping and Ports (ASP), promoting the digitalization of containerized dangerous goods declaration, has been announced as Bronze Award winner at the Information Technology Award Competition 2017 of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH).
The competition was designed to promote digitalization of processes in the harbor and port industry with an emphasis on improving community processes, increasing transparency, and assisting in the field of environmental protection.
This is the fourth project of IPCS which has won an award in the IAPH competitions over the last decade.
The project upgrades the process of applying for a permit to load containerized dangerous goods. An exporter can now fill out a containerized dangerous goods declaration using a web-based digital form, as part of the IPCS online services.
The contribution of this multi-stage project is in providing a comprehensive system of management, improving control and follow-up for all the parties in the process, reducing paperwork, and increasing safety with a digital data base of authorized signatories, ensuring that only those with certification and training in the field will sign off on such declarations.
Gadi Ben-Moshe, CIO of The Israel Ports Company and responsible for the IPCS, said that the project is the product of cooperation with the Shipping and Ports Authority which is responsible for this field and is being carried out with the assistance of the Chamber of Shipping of Israel, the Manufacturers Association of Israel, and Israeli Federation of Forwarders and Customs Clearing Agents (IFFCCA). The project was launched in 2016 and was opened for voluntary use to enable practice in using the system in preparation for the transition to mandatory reporting as of April 1, 2017. From this date onward, all exporters are required to report and submit the containerized dangerous goods declaration through IPCS. In the next stages of the project, the entire procedure will be online and will eliminate the need for the ship's agent to arrive at the ASP offices in person.
IPCS is managed and financed by Israel Ports Company Ltd. (IPC) under a steering committee headed by the Ministries of Finance and Transport (Customs and ASP). This management and technology infrastructure enables the advanced digital trade procedures among all the agencies and companies operating in the maritime trade community in Israel. IPCS services are offered to the users without charge. IPC notes that approximately 1,000 companies and organizations with more than 5,100 users are currently benefiting from the system's services. Among these are factories, exporters and importers, port companies, international forwarders, customs agents, ship agents, container warehouses, transport companies, railway company, and others. In addition, operating in a wider circle are organizations related to foreign trade including various government agencies such as Customs, Ministry of Health, Navy, and others.