Ministry has decided that use of E Invoice, E Payment and E delivery shall
become mandatory with effect from April two in an effort to make full use of
the Port community system. This will be applicable to entire maritime trade
operating through Port community system for all stakeholders.
on a compulsory basis will be implemented in all major Ports, Private Ports,
Private Terminals, Container Freight Stations and Inland Container Depots
operating throughout the country from April two.
To avail E
Payment facility through PCS, the stakeholders should complete the required
formalities with the New Delhi based Indian Port Association before April two.
Maritime stakeholders who are hitherto exchanging e invoices, e payment and e
dos through third party portals should dispense with those portals and
invariably exchange these documents through Port Community System with effect
from April third.
Shipping Ministry has taken a number of initiatives in improving the flow of
trade through sea ports in the last few years to improve the ease of doing
business in trading across the border. One of the key initiatives is to
exchange trade-related documents electronically through Port Community System
(pcs), a Centralized web-based message exchange platform for the entire
maritime community operated by Indian Ports Association (IPA), New Delhi. The
noteworthy feature of PCS is its direct link to ICE Gate of Customs, the soft
wear arm of the enforcement agency.
the last one year a number of new functionalities, focused on Ease of doing
business, like E-Delivery Order, Port Gate module, E-invoicing and E-payment
have been added in PCS. These features have been developed by the Indian Port
Association in consultation with the maritime stakeholders.
through PCS was implemented only for Direct Port Delivery containers in JNPT
but now it has been extended to deliveries made by all custodians like
terminals, CFSs/ICDs and other Major Ports using PCS.
review of the use of these functionalities in PCS by various stakeholders, it
was seen that many stakeholders in Port Community System are yet to use these
features. In order to improve the flow of sea trade among Port Community System
and for the benefit of all stakeholders concerned, it is essential that all
stakeholders across the maritime trade flow use these features.
Wherever the link is broken, manual processes
are resorted to resulting in increase in dwell time of cargo. In view of the
above, it has now been decided that the use of e-invoice, e-payment and
e-Delivery Order, across the entire maritime trade through PCS, shall be made
mandatory for all stakeholders across all Major Ports, all terminals within the
Major Ports, private ports, private terminals and CFSs/ICDs with Effect from
April 2, 2018. This was also agreed by all the stakeholders during the meeting
held under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Shipping) to review the reforms
undertaken under the trading across borders on February 27, 2018.
It is also
decided that the Chairman/of each port shall form a local committee of
stakeholders with representatives from all players in the maritime trade to
facilitate the smooth implementation of these processes and use of these
functionalities in PCS. Difficulties faced, if any, shall be reported to
IpA/pCS Help Desk (firstname.lastname@example.org/l-800-11-5055/9910716769) immediately
who are not currently members of PCS shall contact PCS helpdesk for
registration and use of these features.
Secretary looking after Ports in the Ministry of Shipping and MD, IPA will
review the compliance of the mandatory usage of this system by different
stakeholders once in every month and will initiate further action as