World Ports release guide to implementing Port Community Systems

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The World Bank and the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) unveiled the Port Community Systems (PCS) report at its 2023 World Ports Conference in Abu Dhabi. The comprehensive guide took 24 months of collaboration with 88 contributors and aims to aid the successful integration of PCS into existing port ecosystems. The report highlights the benefits of PCS for developing countries and provides a step-by-step implementation strategy. It emphasizes the digital gap, offering practical advice and real-world case studies to facilitate smoother adoption globally. Notably, it delineates the disparities in PCS implementation, with more than 90% of ports in low-and middle-income countries yet to adopt PCS, compared to 80% in high-income nations. The report also delves into the overlap between PCS, maritime single window, and trade single window systems, focusing on achieving interoperability and standardization. Its insights into enhancing communication, cargo visibility, and cost reduction signify its potential impact on global trade efficiency and sustainability.

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