Objective: set up the AP+ Cargo Community System in the ports of French Guiana, starting with the port of Dégrad-des-Cannes in Cayenne.

Signing of the framework agreement: 25 January 2010, between MGI and Cayenne's Maritime & Port Federation (UMEP)

Implementation date: 3 November 2010

Distinctive features of French Guiana

  • 3 ports: Dégrad-des-Cannes, Kourou-Pariacabo, river port of Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni
  • Types of traffic: containers, RO-RO, bulk, oil, traffic for Arianespace
  • Port of Dégrad-des-Cannes: 3 terminals
  • Dégrad-des-Cannes/Pariacabo traffic in 2012: 26,237 TEU
  • Port entities: shipping companies, freight forwarders, terminal operators, the army

Project leader: Cayenne's Maritime & Port Federation (UMEP)


  • Dégrad-des-Cannes port community entities
  • The port authority (the Port Authority of French Guiana (GPMG))
  • French Guiana regional customs authority


  • Unite all stakeholders around the project
  • GIP+ (French Guiana Port information system) local body with 3 staff for monitoring the project and providing user assistance
  • Deploy AP+ on 3 sites: Dégrad-des-Cannes, Kourou-Pariacabo, Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni
  • Cover specific traffic, and particularly Arianespace equipment in Kourou-Pariacabo


  • Audit phase
The audit of port processes identified a distinctive characteristic of French Guiana: transhipments to the Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago). Goods unloaded at Dégrad-des-Cannes are not known about very long before they arrive, owing to the short transit time between the Port of Spain and Cayenne. The solution was to implement a provisional manifest that can be updated gradually as goods are loaded.

  • Information Technology
    • Interfaces with terminal operator private systems: OSCAR (the GPMG offices ship call management system) and CARGO (the shipping agents system).
    • Management and maintenance by MGI from Marseille.
    • Link between Delta C/Delta D and AP+: all customs operations are processed via declarations and notifications in AP+.

  • Customer training/assistance
    • Number of companies trained: 25 companies
    • Number of personnel trained: 105 (shipping agents, freight forwarders, workers in warehouses outside the port, customs administrators)
    • Implementation of MGI telephone assistance with GIP+


  • Bring together port community stakeholders
  • Make information more reliable
  • Track goods
  • Harmonise procedures
  • Provide reliable materials accounting methods


  • Tracking of materials account auditing and message integration with GIP+.
  • Paperless transfer of containers to freight handler temporary customs clearing warehouses for unstuffing and auditing
  • Tracking the return of empty containers to the terminal


  • The success of the implementation of AirPort+ in Martinique in May 2011 encouraged the logistics community in French Guiana to get fitted out with the AP+ air transport module.
  • AirPort+ is based on the AP+ structure and has been designed and developed after a study of air transport processes (entity, logistics, regulations).
  • The majority of entities operate in both the sea and air transport sectors. It therefore made sense for the logistics community to fit itself out with a tool that works with both ports and airports for ease of use.
  • After an audit of airport processes associated with goods transport, specific developments will be integrated into the system for French Guiana.
  • The implementation of AirPort+ at Cayenne Félix Eboué airport is planned for the first quarter of 2014.
  • AirPort+ is in line with the IATA e-freight project which aims to simplify air transport procedures.