The WCO recognises Bordeaux

Published on: 24 February 2015
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Bordeaux récompensé par l’OMD

Henri-Vincent Amouroux, Director of the Bordeaux Maritime and Port Federation, Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the WCO, Hélène Crocquevieille, Managing director of the French Directorate-General of Customs and Indirect Taxes.
At the invitation of Hélène Crocquevieille, Managing director of the French Directorate-General of Customs and Indirect Taxes (DGDDI), Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the WCO, took part in the symposium on Coordinated Border Management that was held at the National Customs Museum in Bordeaux in January. During the event, the WCO (World Customs Organisation) awarded Henri-Vincent Amouroux, Director of the Bordeaux Maritime and Port Federation, with a certificate of merit for exceptional services rendered to the international customs community.

During the symposium, Kunio Mikuriya also recognised the Bordeaux Maritime and Port Federation for its exemplary work with the POSEIDON programme (Operational Computerised Data Exchange Systems Platform). The programme is a joint initiative between the Atlantic Port of Bordeaux, the Maritime and Port Federation, and the Regional Customs Directorate, making Bordeaux the pilot port for the single port window.

POSEIDON connects VIGIE (ship management system), the AP+ single goods window and customs IT systems (Delta, NCTS, ECS, Trigo). Port entities in Bordeaux chose MGI to implement AP+ in 2008 and BIP+, headed by Henri-Vincent Amouroux, is responsible for selling AP+ to the Bordeaux port community. The company also collects user feedback to make system developments.

POSEIDON is a single gateway for users that covers data flows for maritime shipping from when ships request port entry to the moment when goods leave the port area, and paved the way for the national single window (GUN). AP+ manages the goods tracking and tracing portion of physical, administrative and customs flows to provide full visibility within the port supply chain.

Bordeaux is a fine example of the Public and Private Partnership that improves information sharing between port entities to increase their competitiveness.