Objective: to implement the Cargo Community System AP+ in the Bordeaux port.

Signing of the framework agreement: on February 12, 2007 between MGI and the UMPB (l’Union Maritime et Portuaire de Bordeaux) - the Bordeaux Maritime and Port Federation.

Implementation date: January 1, 2008.

Distinctive features of the Bordeaux port

  • 6 port sectors with 2 container terminals: Bordeaux, Bassens, Ambès, Blaye, Pauillac and Le Verdon stretched across the estuary (100 km)
  • Types of traffic: container, conventional, and bulk
  • Container traffic in 2011: 60,000 TEU
  • 5 customs offices in 2008 grouped together in 2 offices with the implementation of AP+
  • The professionals:
    • 10 consignees and shipping agents including 2 agents for containers and 8 for bulk goods carriers
    • 36 forwarding agents, receiving agents or storers including 8 for bulk cargo
    • 2 container stevedores

The project carrier: Henri-Vincent Amouroux, Director of the Bordeaux Maritime and Port Federation.

Bordeaux Informatique Portuaire + (BIP+) established in 2008, is responsible for the local marketing of AP+.


  • The professionals of the port community united within the Maritime and Port Federation
  • Le Grand Port Maritime de Bordeaux (Bordeaux Port Authority)
  • Bordeaux Regional Customs Authority


  • To federate all stakeholders around the project
  • A local structure comprised of 2 persons to monitor the project

Implementation phases

  • Audit Phase
    • 2006
      • AP+ presentation to the professionals, the port and Customs
      • Study of port procedures and the result of their AP+ processing
      • Study of the different port traffic: containers, on wheels, solid and liquid bulk
    • 2007
      • The agreement protocol between the Bordeaux Maritime and Port Federation (UMPB) on February 9, 2007 for the implementation of AP+ on January 1, 2008 with facilities management
  • Project management
    • Quality guide of the procedures with Customs and the professionals
    • Communication by quarterly inter-professional, Customs, port administration meetings initiated by the UMPB
  • Information technology
    • Interface with the consignees, agents, forwarding agents and stevedores’ private systems
    • Interface between Vigie 2, the port authorities’ calls management system, and AP+: all the vessels that call are known to AP+
    • Interface with Delta and ECS
  • Customer training/assistance
    • Number of companies trained in 2008: 17
    • Number of persons trained: 88 and 8 customs officers
    • Implementation of the hotline in January 2008


Implementation of AP+ for container traffic on January 1, 2008 was progressively extended to include solid and liquid bulk traffic during 2008 - 2010. Modules for port dues on vessels and port dues on goods were also developed and integrated in AP+.

  • 2008
    • Development of the module for Port Dues on vessels in early July 2008
    • Development of the module for “Port Dues on Goods” in 2010
    • Pilot operation with Customs, AP+ generalisation of bulk at the end of 2008
  • 2009
    • Project Poséidon+: Extension of the AP+ radius to import bulk goods and homogeneous cargo carriers
    • Project Poséidon+: Generalisation of the Port Dues on Vessels application
    • Project Poséidon+: Pilot experiment for processing import bulk goods carriers
    • Project Poséidon+: Pilot experiment for processing Port Dues on goods
    • Dematerialisation of the vessel file at the customs level
    • Implementation of ECS/AP+ relations
    • Studies of the procedures for export bulk goods carriers
  • 2010
    • Activation of export bulk
    • End of the first phase of the Project Poséidon+ pilot experiment and generalisation of the Port Dues on goods

Bordeaux was the 1st port to integrate all the types of traffic in AP+ as well as the port dues on vessels and goods.

Advantages of implementing AP+ in Bordeaux

  • Real time information exchanges for all the terminals
  • Precision and smooth flow of exchanges
  • Productivity advantages: dematerialisation of declaration formalities, simplification of customs procedures, acquisition of new work and organisation methods
  • Responsiveness: integration of new regulations
  • Time gain: reduction of the goods transit through the port from 4-5 days to 2-3 days
  • Competitiveness tool for the port and its operators

The Bordeaux port community goes even further: implementation of the Port Single Window

In 2010, the Bordeaux port implemented Poséidon+ (Operational Platform of Computerised Data Exchange Systems) a true “port single window”.

Poséidon+ integrates AP+ for managing goods, Vigie 2 for monitoring port calls and customs data processing, ensuring the exchange of information in real time among all the partners of maritime traffic.

Poséidon+ is the only port single window for Bordeaux Port operators in France that handles all the port traffic of regular and tramping lines: container, bulk, hydrocarbons and cereals, chemical products and wood which constitute the basic activity of the Bordeaux port.

In 2011 the French Customs Authority chose the Bordeaux port as the French pilot port for the dematerialisation of procedures.