France-based port community systems operator SOGET says that, in close collaboration with French customs, port authorities, ferry companies and road hauliers, it will offer an integrated e-freight corridor based on a digitalised anticipation of information flows related to cross-Channel goods post-Brexit
There has always been concern about the overload on HMRC’s CHIEF customs declaration service post-Brexit. In the past few months, it has also been made public that the timeline for migrating all UK traders to the replacement CDS system has slipped.
SOGET’s Port Community System (PCS) already handles ferry and ro-ro operations across the Channel to the ports of Caen-Ouistreham, Calais and Le Havre. SOGET is now claiming that, with its new EasyBrexit pilot solution, cross-channel flows are connected to all functionalities of its S)ONE PCS, which was developed in partnership with Microsoft.
As soon as information on the goods is known to the carrier, EasyBrexit confidentially shares stakeholders’ data involved in the transport and logistics chain between Great Britain and EU points of entry. This will enable customs services to operate mandatory requirements in a digital environment that facilitates fluidity and security, said SOGET.
SOGET adds that it and its supply chain partners have teamed-up with their counterparts in Southern England to ensure that EasyBrexit operates with information systems and helps provide logistics efficiency to port communities on both sides of the Channel. "In our overall strategy, we have already anticipated the next step in technological and strategic collaboration with MICROSOFT to include predictive analysis and artificial intelligence. More advanced targeting will further accelerate the time it takes for future logistics transport across borders."
Hervé Cornède, General Manager and Chairman of the SOGET Management Board, said: "With the main ports of Normandy and the Hauts-de-France already equipped with our tech solutions, SOGET turns the anxiety about future Brexit obligations into strategic opportunities thanks to our new, neutral community platform for secure information exchange.
"For veterinary and phytosanitary mandatory controls, SOGET, the French customs, the DGAL (Direction Générale de l’Alimentation) and all the professionals of the Seine Axis already ensure the dematerialised documentary treatment of goods subject to control in all countries of the world. With EasyBrexit, the digitization of procedures in future SIVEP (Service d’Inspection Vétérinaire et Phytosanitaire aux frontières) will be systematised for all cross-channel flows."
Olivier Jean-Degauchy, Director of SOGET Innovation, said: "The approach is very simple: ferry lines and Channel Tunnel logistics traffic are considered as road and ro-ro bridges. The early sharing of information related to goods in EasyBrexit will enable cross-border automated port controls, thus making possible the reduction of physical inspections.”