Container handling in the port of Antwerp is a complex process involving many players. Releasing containers is a vulnerable and time-consuming process which carries the risk of misuse and mistakes. In order to guarantee security and improve the operational efficiency and transparency, Port of Antwerp has introduced a new procedure, namely Certified Pick up. All players involved in container handling will have to join this procedure.
The container release process has been made more secure and streamlined by sharing real-time information on a unique central data platform. The system will regulate the release of containers based on coded identification and authorisation information. This development will contribute towards a more secure, effective and resilient supply chain.
For the design and operation of the application Port of Antwerp has teamed up with its subsidiary NxtPort which as a port community platform has already developed a series of digital applications for the Antwerp port community. Based on its knowledge of the Antwerp port sector NxtPort will contribute its know-how to expanding the digital infrastructure of the port.
Certified Pick up will become obligatory for all supply chain partners involved in the container release process as of November 2020, January 2021 at the latest. All loaded import containers leaving an Antwerp port terminal by truck, rail or barge (including transhipment containers and empty shipper-owned containers) fall under this obligation, with the legal framework being included in the Port Police Regulations. Port of Antwerp has opted for a phased approach in order to ensure the stable expansion of the system.
Connecting to Certified Pick up will yield advantages of efficiency for operators in the logistics chain. These include improvements in security, simplification of administrative processes and shorter transit times for containers in Port of Antwerp.In the next few months Port of Antwerp will take the necessary steps to implement Certified Pick up and together with NxtPort it will organise information sessions tailored to the various partners involved in the logistics chain.
The Terminal release is an asynchronous step and can take place at any time, even before the commercial release (even though this is highly unlikely).
In the future, NxtPort will include automatic updates on the customs release. In the first version of the Certified Pick up solution, the customs release will be included in the Terminal release.
The right to release a container from the terminal is given by the agent to a BCO or forwarder. They can transfer the right to a transport operator.
Once the transport operator has defined the person who will pick up the container, they can send him a Pick up right which can only be viewed on a personal and certified smartphone application.