Schiphol and Cargonaut start using updated IT cargo platform

Schiphol and cargo information platform Cargonaut have been collaborating over the past few years to upgrade the Port Community System (PCS). The PCS is the central platform for information and data exchange between cargo players at Schiphol and authorities such as Customs. 

The modernisation process data faster, is fully compliant with IATA standards, is more user-friendly,  and more secure. The information and data within the PCS ensure that all parties know precisely what the latest status is of cargo. This helps improve the predictability of the flow of goods at the airport, which is essential for the smooth handling of cargo. 

Message processing within the PCS 
One of the components that Schiphol and Cargonaut have upgraded is the way messages are processed within the PCS. This is an essential part of the whole process and ensures that, for instance, export companies can reclaim VAT and Customs can monitor the goods being imported and exported via the airport. 

By upgrading specific parts of the PCS, the system is more robust and future-proof. This means we can continue to safely ensure the smooth import and export of a large amount of cargo.

Joost van Doesburg, Head of Cargo at Schiphol

The PCS is vital for the processing of information within the cargo process. The upgraded system facilitates the use of new technologies, including API Connections (software), XML (data migration) and the OneRecord data model. This model allows air cargo partners within this digital ecosystem to exchange data easily and transparently. Because we are implementing updates while operations continue, we have chosen to transfer data gradually. We are currently carrying out a migration of the first clients to the updated PCS.

Marco van Katwijk, Head of Cargonaut

The updated PCS will also be a platform for future innovations. This year, the Secure Import System is being implemented. This system informs forwarders as soon as an import shipment is ready to be collected by the air cargo handler. It carries out checks on the accuracy of the data and identifies the transporter that will pick up the shipment, which helps to prevent theft and subversive crime. Work is also underway on the Truck Visited Management System to significantly improve wait times for visiting vehicles coming to deliver or pick up cargo. 

Schiphol has been the sole owner of cargo information platform Cargonaut since 1 November 2020. Before that, ever since its founding in 1986, Schiphol had an equity stake in the company.