Schiphol launches upgraded community system

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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Schiphol) has launched the upgraded version of its port community system (PCS) following four years’ of development with its wholly-owned cargo information platform, Cargonaut.

The PCS is a single platform for information and data exchange between all cargo stakeholders at Schiphol and external authorities such as Customs.

The improvements deliver faster data processing, greater transparency and full compliance with latest IATA standards and guidelines.

Schiphol head of cargo, Joost van Doesburg (pictured), said: “By upgrading specific parts of the PCS, the system is more robust and future-proof. This means we can continue to safely ensure the smooth import and export of a large amount of cargo.”

He added that careful development means that the PCS is fully future proofed being able to integrate upcoming tech as it evolves. For example, later in 2024, a Secure Import System is scheduled for implementation. This informs forwarders when an import shipment is ready for collection by an air cargo handler, at the same time cross referencing data to improve security.

Work is also underway on the Truck Visited Management System to improve and streamline waiting times for cargo deliveries and collections.

Head of Cargonaut, Marco van Katwijk, added that new technologies, including API Connections (software), XML (data migration) and the OneRecord data model,  allows air cargo partners to exchange data easily and transparently.

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