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EXCITING: Port of Antwerp Introduces Digital Leap in Container Handling with CPu

EXCITING: Port of Antwerp Introduces Digital Leap in Container Handling with CPu
photo: Port of Antwerp Bruges / Public domain/CPu at the Port of Antwerp
25 / 03 / 2024

The roll-out of Certified Pick up (CPu) at the Port of Antwerp marks a significant advancement in the digitalization of the logistics chain for containers. CPu is setting a new standard for container transport in and out of Antwerp, with plans to extend its reach to terminals behind the locks, enhancing the safety of incoming containers and introducing the first central platform for a transparent logistics chain.

Transparency, safety, and efficiency are the priority with Certified Pick up

Truck drivers collect around 3,000 containers daily from the Antwerp port area. This process currently runs via one central information system. Certified Pick up is the first digital platform that connects safety and transparent communication. Thanks to CPu, developed by NxtPort, every link in the chain will receive prompt updates. This offers a range of benefits for each of the involved parties.

"Certified Pick up is a game changer," says Kurt Van Loon, Project Manager Certified Pick up. "The platform offers freight forwarders the option to draft more accurate plans as they will know when a container will be unloaded. CPu is beneficial for transport companies because they will be immediately notified if they can't collect a damaged container, for example. Therefore, they do not need to send unnecessary trucks to the port and can avoid additional costs. The system also prevents claims, thanks to the real-time information on the customs status. This transparent process is unique in the world."

Safety is a core value for CPu. Containers can only depart from the port in Antwerp by inland navigation ship, train, or truck after release by Certified Pick up. This takes place based on identity rather than pin codes. As a result, the platform can track which parties were involved in handling the container. The system thus prevents abuse and increases general safety. The customs process is also completely transparent in CPu. A container may only leave the quay if customs has given it the green light.

"The digital transformation of our ports is in full swing. With CPu, we have taken the first step, and, together with the parties concerned, we will now see how we can improve the user interface. And this is just the beginning of our digital evolution, as we work together with the port community to ensure the efficiency and safety of logistics, based on the digitalization pact of 'The Way Forward',” comments Willam Demoor, Chief Customer Relations Officer.

Eric Verlinden, Project Manager of 'The Way Forward', says, "With The Way Forward, we are fully committed to developing a collective digital infrastructure in our port. As a representative of the port community, Alfaport Voka is taking an active role in collaboration with NxtPort and the Port of Antwerp-Bruges. The digital platforms and applications we develop contribute to a more efficient and safer port. CPu is a great first example of how digitalization can enhance the security of container handling in the port. ​ As a second major project, we are now working hard on the Inbound Release Platform (IRP), a solution for the new PN/TS customs system that will further increase efficiency, security and transparency for all inbound cargo flows at the port.”

Source: Port of Antwerp Bruges Press Releases