The Indonesia Port Corp. II has chosen a service from SOGET and Microsoft to implement what it calls the largest port community system in the world, beginning with Jakarta before expanding to other Indonesian ports.
Indonesia is the largest archipelagos in the world with 17,508 islands and 111 commercial and 614 non-commercial ports operated within the area, and is seeking an efficient port operations system to bridge and support all of these ports.
As part of its Port Reform initiative, which the Indonesian government started in 2008, the country wants integrate all its trade within a multimodal transportation system and use the port authorities as a central focus for the reform.
The country's current system, called Inaportnet (Indonesia Port Net System), will be enhanced by services from SOGET and Microsoft. The country is looking to increase security standards and use the port community system to speed up the integration of trade, both domestic and international, with its customs, regulatory, and monitoring systems.
SOGET and Microsoft have worked on developing this community system through a single window operation, which provides a single entry point for standardized information and documents to help meet all import, export, and transit regulatory requirements. This approach will allow shippers to submit one set of documents for approval at all ports covered by the system, even as those ships travel to and from multiple ports covered by the single window.
The two IT companies have a history of joint efforts in cross-border cloud customs systems. SOGET launched its eMaritime service in June 2010 to provide a single system for sea and airport authorities and partners alongside customs authorities. The system uses several Microsoft technologies including BizTalk, SQL Server, and Windows Server Hyper-V.
SOGET’s key advancements are around trade automation for European Union ports and governments. Microsoft and SOGET view the European Union as a diverse and fragmented network of trade stakeholders that must deal with complex national and EU-level trade policies and regulations. The companies say the key challenge is ensuring interoperability and standardization of information for use across multiple locations and players.
For this service, the companies said their Port Single Window offering will allow customs to communicate together more quickly and make transport greener, cheaper, competitive, and more transparent.
Customs agencies can benefit from the streamlined approach of cloud systems and the ease of use they provide for importers and exporters. As these processes become easier, more small and midsized companies can move their goods to more markets. As customs systems add cloud support, more reach can be given to those companies with less resources and internal infrastructure. - Geoff Whiting