Promotion of digital trading processes in the Israeli maritime community
Israel Port Community System (IPCS) is managed and financed by Israel Ports Development & Assets Company Ltd. (IPC) under a steering committee headed by the Administration of Shipping and Ports at the Ministry of Transport and the Customs Administration at the Ministry of Finance.
The system's goal, at the national level, is to improve the Israeli international trade by streamlining maritime trade procedures, taking into account the entire logistical supply chain.
IPC considers the system as an important part of the port infrastructures it promotes.
This management and technology infrastructure enables the advanced digital trade procedures among all the agencies and companies operating in the maritime trade community in Israel.
IPCS services are offered to the users without charge. More than 1,000 companies and organizations and more than 4,000 users are currently benefiting from the system's services.
Among those are exporters and importers, port operating companies, international forwarders, customs agents, ship agents, container warehouses, transport companies, Railway Company, and others.
In addition, operating in a wider circle are organizations related to maritime trade including various government agencies such as Customs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Population and Immigration Authority, Navy, and others.
Professional periodical work meetings of maritime trade community representatives
During these meetings, processes and problems involved in maritime trade are discussed. Solutions are proposed and decided upon, and follow-up tasks are assigned.
Digital message switch based on digital vaults and web service interfaces
By means of this secure switch, electronic messages are sent among members of the maritime community. These messages replace paper forms and route information among the various parties. This switch's proper functioning is crucial to maritime trade and therefore, besides duplicating the servers and databases needed for its operation, a disaster recovery site has been established to which all switch activity is transferred in the event of failure in the main site.
More than 3 million messages and web service transactions are transferred per month by the switch, with nearly 180 different types of messages and web services.
Maritime community members have at their disposal more than 140 online services used for viewing information and for submitting/receiving information in operational processes. IPCS is acting to increase the use of digital trade among the extended community circles by offering new online services, thus enabling every member of the community, even if lacking the appropriate IT infrastructure, to become full partners in the advanced processes.
IPCS is also developing international interfaces to promote paperless trading with international parties such as Port Community Systems in other countries.
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