Tuesday, December 14, 2021

New Automated Technology Products Aim to Simplify Post Brexit Difficulties for Customers

Four Pointed Targets to Digitalise Procedures
Shipping News Feature

UK – EUROPE – In order to solve what it sees as a variety of post-Brexit import and export challenges, DP World is introducing a range of technology products aimed at simplifying and solving possible conundrums for shippers and consignees.

The company says that reports of confusion as to the new procedures and how to generate the correct paperwork and present it is what led it to making the move and, with the next set of border requirements for cargo movements from Europe to the UK expected to cause more disruption when they are introduced in January 2022, and tighter enforcement expected at EU ports, now was the time to give support to customers.

Of late, and in common with many global transport related groups, DP World has been moving away from its traditional base as a container terminal operator into the wider sphere of general logistics. Now it is launching BEEMS Border Management Products, a set of easy-to-use cloud-based products which it says is aimed at helping all areas of the supply chain to get to take control of their border requirements, quickly and cost effectively.

The online tools, which will be available on DP World’s technology solution platform, CARGOES Community, are designed to assist users to manage the processes more efficiently, while also providing the reassurance of full compliance with the regulations. Their use is also expected to help reduce check-in times and traffic at ports, as drivers will be better equipped with the digital paperwork they require, with less potential for language barrier issues.

DP World's BEEMS Border Management Products comprises four separate products that can be used individually or together and are being phased in and enhanced over 2021 and 2022. Once the full suite of fully enhanced products has been brought to market, they are intended to offer a complete automated ‘one-stop-shop’ for post-Brexit border management compliance.

The four products are: -

  1. BEEMS Pre-lodgement, offers a direct connection to the relevant government’s customs systems, enabling users to submit and verify movement records. It is currently available for any designated GB pre-lodgement route supporting GVMS, will be available on the Irish Sea in the near future and allow customers to receive updates from the French ‘Enveloppe Logistique’.
  2. Safety and Security Declarations, is an easy-to-use platform for creating and submitting these mandatory declarations for the GB and France. The same functionality will be available for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at a later date. (Without a complete Safety and Security Declaration goods could be blocked at the border and hefty fines may be issued.)
  3. Customs Declarations, is an HMRC compliant software platform designed to support both UK customs systems for processing declarations, CHIEF and CDS. The first release of the product has been launched focusing on the core functionality to enable customers to submit import and export declarations, with more enhancements being phased in during the first half of 2022.
  4. Travel Wallet, is a digital platform that guides users through which documents to submit - based on the exact route and cargo – and then generates one easy to use barcode to help drivers with a smooth and fast check-in at ports. This neutral product will be offered to customers by any ferry operators who choose to partner with DP World CARGOES Community on it. P&O Ferries, which is also part of the DP World Group, is expected to launch the Travel Wallet in the coming weeks.

The BEEMS Border Management Products were created by CNS (Community Network Services), a UK government approved business, within the DP World Group, that has recently rebranded under the CARGOES Community brand of the group and which has been providing technology products to the port and logistics community in the UK since it was established in 1985.

Last year it launched an initial phase of BEEMS on the GB to Northern Ireland route to help users manage the new requirements while also allowing them to share documents and status updates with their partners and drivers in real-time. Mahmood Al Bastaki, Chief Operating Officer, CARGOES Community, DP World observed:

“It is a very challenging time for our sector at the moment for many reasons. The added complexity, time and cost of post-Brexit importing and exporting in and out of the UK is just one of those reasons, but these new requirements are here to stay, therefore it’s important to adopt technology led processes that can become business as usual as simply and cost-effectively as possible.

“We believe our products will help users across the supply chain to do that, providing them with efficient and easy to use online tools that will allow them to meet with the necessary requirements, without it costing them significant amounts of time or money.

“All of our technology products and solutions are designed for the ports and logistics sector as that is the only market we operate in. We have a long and proud history of providing solutions to industry issues in the UK and in recent years these products have been enhanced by the global expertise and resource offered through DP World, which is committed to deploying industry-leading technology to create the smartest, most efficient and innovative trade solutions.”