Inland+ development

Objective: to integrate pre-post routing carriers into goods transit through the ports.

Implementation date: March 2011

Inland+ is available at Medlink Ports platforms for routes departing from the port of Marseille Fos and Sète: Arles, Avignon-Le Pontet, Valence, Vienne-Sud, Lyon, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Mâcon, Chalon-sur-Saône and Pagny.


Stakeholders:

  • Pre-post routing carriers
  • Inland terminals
  • Inland customs authorities

Inland + was developed as part of a collaborative approach.
Logirhone and Greenmodal took part in the pilot phase, testing and adjusting the various developments to ensure that the needs of all intermodal professionals were met, including inland customs and terminals.


Regulations

Inland+ is based on:

  • a simplified transit procedure (Article 97-2b of the Community Customs Code)
  • management of customs formalities at ports (French Official Customs Bulletin no. 6676 dated 10 July 2006)

 Prior to Inland +

Intermodal transport operators had no choice but to:

  • Use the services of a port forwarding agent, leading to additional costs
  • Follow a paper-based procedure rather than the paperless process favoured by the regulations
  • Transmit information several times to other stakeholders in order to complete the paper procedure
  • Be explicitly designated within the AP+ system in order to be able to perform operations
  • Be granted "Bon à sortir" status (authorised for entry) within the AP+ system, before being authorised to implement the combined rail-sea procedure (Procédure Ferro-Maritime - PFM)

With Inland +:

  • The port has no intermediary role: large-scale carriers are able to operate directly and independently,
  • Bulk carriers provide authentication for the consignment they are to transport
  • No status restrictions preventing them from integrating goods into the PFM
  • Generation of Inland+ documents from large-scale carriers' electronic source files
  • Real-time notification to the relevant hinterland stakeholders

Key figures:

  • 45% fewer operations
  • 70% of operations automated
  • 100% of documents paper-free

The process

Inland+ automatically:

  • creates a list of goods to load onto the barge or train,
  • identifies the carrier for each consignment,
  • creates the customs status of each consignment, i.e. whether it has already been cleared by customs or has to be cleared on arrival.

The operator has the option of amending this document as and when necessary, as their loading estimates change.
Inland+ automatically sends the definitive list of goods loaded, to the destination terminals and customs offices.


Benefits

Operators manage their flow directly at terminals in coordination with other conventional port transit stakeholders.

  • Management of the pre-post routing process: the port's intermediary role no longer required, direct access to AP+
  • Increased productivity for pre-post routing operators
  • Traceability of consignments between sea ports and their hinterland logistics platforms
  • More responsive and reliable management of operations compared with road transport

 Inland + development

The goal of Inland+ is to become accessible to inland platforms other than those located in the Rhone corridor, whether or not they are connected to the Marseille Fos sea terminals.

The second phase of Inland+ is to promote paperless external trade procedures in order to connect the various supply chain players: pre-post routing carriers, inland platforms and shippers.