The International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA)
IPCSA is the successor to the European Port Community Systems Association (ECPSA) which was launched in June 2011 by six founding members, all European-based Port Community System operators.
IPCSA and its members play a vital role in global trade facilitation; the electronic communications platforms provided by Port Community Systems ensure smooth transport and logistics operations at hundreds of sea ports, airports and inland ports.
EPCSA was originally formed in June 2011 by SOGET, Le Havre, France; MCP, Felixstowe, UK; Portic, Barcelona, Spain; Portbase, Rotterdam and Amsterdam, Netherlands, dbh, Bremen, Germany and DAKOSY, Germany. The reason for forming EPCSA was that Port Community System Operators (PCSOs) did not had a common lobby position at the European Union. The European Commission was, and still is, developing a number of initiatives and directives such as e-customs, e-freight and e-maritime and the leading PCSOs agreed that they needed work toegther in areas of common interest.
On 1st September 2014 the association changed from a European to an International association to better reflect our growing membership which already included members from Ukraine, Israel and Australia. Alan Long, Chairman of IPCSA said
“The decision to become an international association is a natural step, as our membership and interests have expanded globally. Port Community Systems play a vital role in the exchange of information and in the simplification of administrative processes, enabling the efficient electronic exchange of millions of messages every week. By working closely with international organisations such as the IMO, UN and WCO, we can contribute enormous experience and knowledge in the area of trade facilitation, particularly as we move towards the Single Window environment.”
Richard Morton the Secretary General for IPCSA said
“EPCSA expanded to the point of having a strong global presence. The executive committee of EPCSA felt that, based on the increasing interest from international areas outside Europe, it was time to change our name from ‘European’ to ‘International’, to ensure we represent all of our members’ needs.”