Martinique

Objective: set up the AP+ Cargo Community System in the port of Fort-de-France.In 2007, Martinique was the first port community to implement AP+ after the historic ports of Marseille and Le Havre.

Signing of the framework agreement: 12 January 2007

Implementation date: 1 June 2007

Distinctive features of the port of Fort-de-France:

  • 2 main terminals: Pointe des Grives and Hydrobase
  • Type of traffic: Containers, conventional goods, bulk (petroleumand cereals) , transhipment and inter-island (particularly traffic under the Marché Unique Antillais)
  • Container traffic in 2012: 160,000 TEU
  • Sixty or so port entities (freight forwarders, shipping agents, terminal operators and customs)

Project leader : L'Unité Banalisée de Dédouanement(UBD) of Fort-de-France, which represents all port entities.

The Port + company will be created subsequently in order to market AP+ to Martinique's port businesses, lead the port community and manage user assistance.


STAKEHOLDERS

  • Fort-de-France's port community entities
  • the Port Authority
  • the Chamber of Commerce
  • Martinique customs regional management


CHALLENGES

  • Deploy AP+ within 6 months of the signature of the framework agreement
  • Create an entity to lead the marketing and follow-up of AP+ in Martinique
  • Unite all the key players around the project


IMPLEMENTATION PHASES

  •  Audit phase
The Martinique port community expressed the need for a community information system in 2001. MGI immediately proposed its logistical process audit methodology with a view to optimising port processes.

In 2006, the port community was ready to set up a Cargo Community System, and approved the specifications which listed the needs expressed in functional and technical terms with a view to implementing AP+.

  • Information Technology
    • Interface with the terminal operators' private systems and the COSMOS management system for containers, freight forwarders, and shipping agents/shipowners.
    • Management and maintenance by MGI from Marseille.
    • Link between Delta and AP+: all customs operations are processed via declarations and notifications in AP+

  • Customer training/assistance
    • Number of companiestrained: 43 transit companies , 7 shipping agents/shipowners, 5 terminal operators, 10 unstuffingcentres, customs administrators.
    • Number of trained personnel: 90
    • Implementationof telephone assistance: managed locally by the Port+ company after training on the system. MGI assistance also provides second-level assistance.


ADVANTAGES OF IMPLEMENTING AP+IN FORT-DE-FRANCE

  • Tracks all traffic types
  • Records goods flow
  • Reduces time it takes for goods to pass through ports.


FORT-DE-FRANCE LOGISTICS COMMUNITY GOES FURTHER

In May 2011, Martinique took the lead by AirPort+, the AP+ air transport module.The Fort-de-France logistics community is the first to have adopted a tri-modal Cargo Community System.
MGI developed the AirPort+ module usingits logistical processes audit methodology. The majority of Fort-de-France logistics entities operate in both the sea and air transport sectors.It therefore made sense to provide them with a tool for both ports and airports.
The desire to set up a Cargo Community System atthe Le Lamentin airport is in line with the IATA e-freight project which aims to simplify air transport procedures.