AP+ development

Objective : Create a Cargo Community System of national scale that can adapt to all ports, irrespective of their size or traffic.

The software must meet the requirements of customers and public authorities: the Customs and the Port Authorities in terms of standardisation of procedures and information exchanges.

Start of work: 2002

First implementation:  2005 by MGI on the port of Marseilles – Fos, 2006-2007 by SOGET on the port of Le Havre.


At the end of the 90s, the port communities of Le Havre and Marseilles decide to pool their resources and skills in order to develop a new shared software package to replace PROTIS at Marseilles and ADEMAR at Le Havre.
The aim of this new tool was to adapt to each of the two ports, while meeting a request from customers in terms of standardisation. The project was named ADEMAR PROTIS +: AP+.

A joint subsidiary SOGYP was created to handle the developments of the Cargo Community System.
SOGYP, owned 50/50 by MGI and SOGET, develops and carries out system maintenance. Employees of the two mother companies are allocated to the subsidiary to organise the work.
SOGYP is the prime contractor and MGI/SOGET are the clients.


All stakeholders have been involved from the outset.

The specifications defining the AP+ system were drawn up jointly by:

  • the port authorities of Marseilles and Le Havre
  • the customs administration (French Directorate General of Customs and Indirect Taxes)
  • the Ministry of Transport: French Directorate of Maritime Transport, Ports and the Coast
  • professional associations representing the shipping agents and forwarding agents, ship owners, stevedores and carriers.

A Cargo Community System created for professionals by professionals.


A Project Quality Plan was set up, with the creation of various governing bodies:

Steering Committee
"Political" body created to guide the developments and check work progress. All private and public players are represented on the committee.
The committee also ensures that the AP+ system is in line with the national projects managed by the French Directorate of Maritime Transport, Ports and the Coast and the French Directorate General of Customs and Indirect Taxes.

Management Committee
This is an arbitration committee composed of members of the MGI and SOGET supervisory boards, which include directors of Le Havre and Marseilles ports. The French Directorate of Maritime Transport, Ports and the Coast is also represented.

Project Committee
The main objectives of this operational body are as follows:

  • Monitor the technical, organisational and financial aspects of the work carried out,
  • Ensure compliance with the quality plan,
  • Take any initiatives concerning the technical, functional and organisational aspects required to guarantee correct project execution,
  • Submit any disagreements between the various members to the management committee.

Project Group
Responsible for producing the specifications and developments, it handles the cross-functional aspects of the project.
It consists of:

  • the project manager
  • the sub-project managers
  • representatives of the clients
  • representatives of the project managing contractor

Convergence workshops (Customs and Ports)
For the Customs and the port authorities, the objectives of these workshops are:

  • Ensure that the analyses and developments carried out are applicable to both ports,
  • Propose procedural modifications to the ports to standardise practices.


July 2001: Three-party agreement signed between MGI/SOGET/SOGYP

Purpose: create the ADEMAR PROTIS + system

August 2001: Four-party agreement signed between Port of Le Havre/Port of Marseilles/MGI/ SOGET.

Purpose: Restructure and develop a community computer system

2001 – 2002: Implementation of development tools and drawing up of vision documents

2002 – 2005: Specifications, models, developments, tests.

It took 3 years to develop the new Cargo Community System.


After a period of Change Management and Training with the port community of Marseilles-Fos, MGI replaced PROTIS by AP+ on 21 September 2005.

SOGET replaced ADEMAR by AP+ on 22 May 2006 (export) and 15 March 2007 (import).

Other ports expressed interest in acquiring this type of system. The port community of Fort-de-France was to be the first to implement AP+ on 15 June 2007, apart from the two founding companies.

Ports equipped with AP+


AP+ now covers all three modes of transport: sea, land and air, to manage goods on a port and airport hub.
The system is interconnected with the pre-post routing carriers: road, river, rail.

AP+ can manage all types of traffic: import, export and transhipment and all types of goods: container, ro-ro, bulk, hazardous goods.

The Cargo Community System manages the control formalities: customs, scanning, veterinary and phytosanitary.
AP+ is compliant with the information exchange standards of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) and the United Nations (UN/CEFACT).

AP+ continues to develop both functionally and technically, offering a service at the cutting edge of technology. 


In 2010, MGI started work on the creation of the AP+ air module, called AirPort+.

Based on the AP+ structure, AirPort+ was modelled and developed after a study of air transport processes: trade, logistics and regulatory.

It was put into operation for the first time on 18 May 2011 at the Aimé Césaire airport in Fort-de-France.