On Tuesday 10 February, MGI organised an “AP+ user workshop” in Paris, bringing together its clients from port communities across France and its overseas departments and territories.
Representatives from French Guiana, Mayotte, Dunkirk, Bordeaux and Marseille attended at MGI’s invitation.Customs officials from the various port communities also took part in the workshop, alongside two representatives from the French Directorate-General of Customs and Indirect Taxes (DGDDI – Office E3),Pascal Piquot, Deputy Office Manager and Maud Chassériau, a co-worker.
The aim was to take stock of the latest developments to the AP+ Port Community System (PCS) and discuss upcoming changes.
Major planned developmentsinclude redesigning the AP+ technical platform, the shipper menu, and linking AP+ to the Port Single Window (European Directive 2010/65).Specific changes in each of the port communities were also discussed.
Finally, participants were informed of the creation of a National Working Group, coordinated by SOGYP, an MGI and SOGET subsidiary, in collaboration with the AUTF and DGDDI.The aim of the National Working Group is to optimise import and export logistics processes across the French network.At first, work will focus on export processes to ensure the reliability of information (e.g. container weight and seals), before moving onto adapting AP+ to the new European Union Customs Code.
This workshop was also an opportunity for professionals to come together and discuss their PCS. Their community is growing and will soon comprise thirty port communities.