Under the Ministry of Shipping Indian Ports Association (IPA), which is the apex body for Major Ports in India on December 6 and 7, 2017 organized a workshop to demonstrate and give hands-on experience to the port users on Electronic Delivery Order (e-Do) module and Gate Module of Port Community System (PCS) at Chennai Port Trust.
Mr P. Raveendran, IRTS is the Chairman, Chennai Port, inaugurated the workshop in the presence of Managing Director, IPA Mr A. Janardhana Rao, the Executive Director, IPA Mr B. Krishnamoorthy and also the PCS team from Indian Ports Association, New Delhi, about 120 participants took part in this workshop. By the Port Community System team of IPA, many queries were explained in detail raised by the participants. In this workshop, various processes in implementing the e-Do and Gate Module had been discussed and the efforts taken by the IPA and Chennai Port for arranging the workshop has been appreciated by the industry participants.
The shipping line issues the delivery order, after filing of IGM at ICEGATE, to the custodian to release the cargo/container has been discussed in the e-DO module of PCS. At PCS when there is a submission of e-DO it is electronically transmitted (XML/Txt) to the custodian and gets uploaded into the custodian’s internal system.
And in the Gate Module, when cargo lands in the port to stakeholders the port declares in advance. Trucks are given a slot for entry and exit from port during unloading to reduce congestion. At the port gate, Physical resources for checking and other activities will be minimized. Trade can plan their movement of trucks, reducing congestion at gates, as ports and terminals publish Gate Opening as well as Delivery Schedule.
As the centralised hub for the ports of India and other stakeholders like shipping lines/agents, surveyors, stevedores, banks, container freight stations, Customs House Agents, importers, exporters, Railways/CONCOR, government regulatory agencies, etc, to integrate the electronic flow of ex-im trade-related documents/information and function Port Community System is intended for exchanging electronic messages in a secure manner and to move towards a paperless regime and digital India. To reduce the number of documents required for export/import, reduce the time taken in the process of export/ import is the holistic objective of the system and leads to a reduction in cost of export and import.
In the workshop, Port officials, terminal operators, representatives from CFSs and ICDs, Customs brokers, steamer agents, transporters and other stakeholders of Chennai Port, Kamarajar Port (Ennore) and V. O. Chidambaranar Port (Tuticorin) had been actively taken part.