A new digital process for releasing containers at the Port of Antwerp, known as Certified Pick up (CPu), is entering its next phase, using container identity tracking rather than PIN codes for the collection of containers unloaded from seagoing vessels.
This second phase of the digital pick-up process will commence at the terminals at the Port of Antwerp on 1 July. MPET and PSA terminals will be the first to use the system, which verifies identity through an Alfapass digital identity card with biometric data and a finger scan.
All shipping companies will have to grant a right of release to their customers to take part in this process, and Port of Antwerp is now requesting that vessel operators register via its NxtPort website no later than 1 June.
CPu is a neutral central data platform that connects all the stakeholders involved in the container import process, which has been implemented in phases at the port since the beginning of this year. In the initial phase, CPu introduced a series of ‘green lights’ to indicate container status that could be accessed by relevant stakeholders, aimed at increasing operational efficiency across the chain.
“This next phase in the CPu process is an important next step in building a virtually secure port,” said Port of Antwerp CEO, Jacques Vandermeiren.
“This new way of working guarantees a rapid and optimised release process for incoming containers, which will then leave the port by rail, inland navigation or truck. The fact this has been achieved in collaboration with the various partners in the port chain is further evidence of the strength and resilience of Antwerp’s port community.”