APM Terminals (APMT)’s First Container Terminal (FCT) will become the first Russian terminal to transfer to a fully paperless management system for containers.
The transfer to this technology, which enables the digital exchange of legally bending documents with the customs authority, comes after a successful test at the Turukhtanny customs post in June this year.
The new digital export management system allows forwarding companies to upload orders and customs will issue documentation digitally, allowing the terminal to commence the loading of a container onto a vessel immediately without additional approval.
It provides online access to information about the status of the container at all stages of the process to the forwarding company, customs authority, terminal and shipping line.
The technology is based on Global Ports’ customer portal and Sea Port’s Portal software functionality.
Global Ports is APMT’s joint-venture with Delo, one of the largest private transportation and logistics holding companies in Russia, in which it holds a share of approximately 30.75%.
Alexey Yermolin, director of information technology at Global Ports, said: “Global Ports is working hard to make its service as convenient as possible for customers and partners.
“Shipment orders remained the last ‘paper’ element in export shipments. Due to our efficient interaction with customs, we have now made this document digital as well.”
Now an export shipment may be ordered and traced on Global Ports’ customer portal and the technology guarantees data protection and integrity of the data after it has entered the electronic flow system.
During 2020, the service will be rolled out across all of Global Ports’ terminals in Russia and will ultimately be developed to include shipping lines; functionality into the system.