For several years Morocco has been progressing on the path of modernity and competitiveness. At the national level, major programs and sector strategies are implemented every day to support this ambition. PORTNET is the IT system serving the port community to enable greater competitiveness of the Moroccan Ports.
The « Morocco Numeric 2013 » Strategy, launched in 2009, aims to place Morocco at the forefront of dynamic emerging countries in terms of Information Technology and Communication (ICT) usage. The "e-Gov" component of this strategy aims to bring together constituents, businesses and citizens, as well as other administrations in a paperless relationship combining efficiency and transparency.
As a genuine community of players and stakeholders, commercial ports ensure the transit of both goods and passengers. PORTNET connects many entities: the National Ports Authority (ANP), Shipping Agents, the Customs administration and other control bodies, private operators, banks, insurance brokers, freight forwarders, etc.).
The numerous IT systems of these public and private partners are now interconnected through PORTNET, allowing for an optimized operational management of goods and corresponding documents.
Key objectives of the project :
- ◊ Reducing red tape through by simplifying and automating international trade ;
- ◊ Optimizing the length of stay and transit time of ships, and goods ;
- ◊ Reducing logistics costs through an optimal scheduling of port calls ;
- ◊ Securing port crossings through a better understanding of information of in-transit goods.
Main technical features :
- ◊ A one-stop shop allowing registrants to carry out the removal and boarding formalities 24/7, directly on the website : http://www.portnet.ma ;
- ◊ Integration of our partners' IT systems and synchronization of data flows in line with the EDIFACT standard (Electronic Data Interchange For Administration, Commerce and Transport). The integration allows each stakeholder to access the information needed to anticipate the administrative formalities for goods in transit, scheduling port calls and allotting the right amount of human resources needed for cargo handling operations ;
- ◊ Sharing port community information concerns all partners and enables each stakeholder to access detailed, real-time information on the port activity: monitoring port calls, ships, and goods.
Project status at the end of 2012
Phase one of the PORTNET one-stop shop was launched in September 2011 in the port of Casablanca. It is now being rolled out in other ports of trade with a priority given to the ports of Agadir, Mohammedia, Jorf Lasfar, Safi and Nador.
This phase mainly concerns shipping agents, and deals with the dematerialization of all container traffic-specific port calls procedures :
- ◊ Arrival of ships declaration ;
- ◊ Boat station assignation application form ;
- ◊ Dangerous and special goods declaration ;
- ◊ Filing of the manifest and forwarding to the handling operator ;
- ◊ Generating the summary declaration for the Customs IT system.
The second phase concerns the dematerialization of removal procedures for import goods and shipment procedures for export goods. Phase II was developed and tested in 2011. This phase places the registrant as the central component in carrying out the procedure to remove the goods.
Phase 2 features the following :
- ◊ Scheduling the control procedures to be carried out by Customs and other inspection bodies ;
- ◊ Monitoring the delivery order registered by the forwarding agent and the shipping agent ;
- ◊ Monitoring the tallying of goods ;
This phase was commissioned in the Port of Casablanca since May 16, 2012.