On 30 June, a meeting was held in Paris to hear feedback from the National Working Group workshops on optimising export logistics processes. Some fifty representatives from French logistics companies met with the French Directorate-General of Customs and Indirect Taxes (DGDDI), MGI, SOGET, and SOGYP.
These workshops took place during the first half of 2015 and were hosted by SOGYP, a subsidiary of MGI and SOGET. Shippers, freight forwarders, shipping agents, terminal operators, carriers, and port authority and customs representatives all took part.
Initial results from their work was presented and focussed mainly on :
the need for exporters and importers to use incoterms properly in order to manage information flows in the best possible way,
the need for increased forward-planning for exporters/importers,
updates to the AP+ Port Community System (PCS) enable exporters and importers to better track their shipments and input data into the system (number, seals, container factory weight).
SOGYP, created a National Working Group in collaboration with the French Freight Transport Users Association (AUTF) and the French Directorate-General of Customs and Indirect Taxes (DGDDI) in order to optimise import and export logistics processes across the French network.Efficiently managing these processes is key to ensuring that French ports remain competitive.
The National Working Group was launched in Paris in February 2015. Workshops were to examine two components :
Optimising export processes to increase the reliability of data (e.g. container weights, seals) input in AP+,
Adapting the AP+ French Port Community System to the new European Customs Code that will take effect in 2016.
The next National Working Group workshops will therefore focus on adapting the AP+ French Port Community System to the new European Customs Code that will take effect in 2016. They will be held in the latter half of 2015 with an overall feedback meeting planned for December 2015.