Several years ago, Morocco has been committed to a modern and competitive approach. Nationally, major programs and sector specific strategies have been implemented in support of these ambitions. PORTNET is an information system serving the port community for increased competitiveness in the Moroccan port sector.
Launched in 2009, the « Maroc Numeric 2013 » strategy aims to put Morocco at the forefront of emerging countries in the use of Information Technology and Communication (ITC). The « e-gov » axis of this strategy aims to bring together the constituents, citizens, and administrations in a paperless relationship combining efficiency and transparency.
A genuine community of actors, commercial ports are dedicated to the transit of goods and passengers, and the PORTNET information system connects these different actors, such as ANP, Shipping Agents, Customs Administration, Inspection bodies, private operators, banks, insurance brokers, and freight forwarders, etc.
The various IT systems of both these public and private partners are now interconnected through PORTNET, enabling the optimized operational management of the flow of goods and corresponding tasks.
Main project objectives :
- ◊ Reducing formalities by simplifying and automating international trade procedures ;
- ◊ Optimizing ships’ lengths of stay and transit time of goods ;
- ◊ Reducing logistics costs by optimally scheduling port calls ;
- ◊ Securing port transit through a better understanding of information on goods in transit.
Main technical features :
- ◊ A Single Window enabling the registrant to handle their embarkation and disembarkation formalities on the website http://www.portnet.ma 24h/24 and 7d/7 ;
- ◊ Integrating partners’ information systems and synchronizing flow by normalizing trade (EDIFACT). This integration enables each actor to have the information needed to anticipate the paperwork for the transport of goods, programming port calls, and allocating handling resources ;
- ◊ Sharing port community data amongst all partners and enabling each actor to access real-time information on port activity for monitoring stops, ships, and goods.
Project status at the end of 2012
The first face of the PORTNET Single Window began in September 2011 at the port of Casablanca, and is currently being deployed in other commercial trade ports in the following order of priority: Agadir, Mohammedia, Jorf Lasfar, Safi, and Nador.
This phase is mainly concerned with shipping agents, and includes the dematerialization of procedures related to port stops and the specific processes of container traffic, such as :
- ◊ Declaring ship arrival ;
- ◊ Requesting Berth Allocation ;
- ◊ Declaring Dangerous and Special Goods ;
- ◊ Filing the manifest and its dispatch to the handling operator ;
- ◊ Generating the summary declaration for the customs system ;
This concerns dematerializing removal procedures for import and export shipment, and was developed and tested in 2011. This phase involves the registrant as a central component for performing the goods removal procedures.
This phase involves the following features :
- ◊ Programming customs and inspection body monitoring ;
- ◊ Monitoring the right to deliver by forwarding agent and shipping agent ;
- ◊ Monitoring goods tallying ;
This phase has been in use at the Port of Casablanca since May 16th 2012.
Other phases are currently being prepared (Exchanges of Import and Export, Management of Specific Processes, other traffic, etc.) and will be developed and deployed in stages.