CNS Introduces New Customs Service in the UK

Community Network Services, a subsidiary of DP World, has rolled out its new Port Community System PCS in the UK. Designed to be cloud-based and compliant with HMRC guidelines, this system aims to streamline port operations across the nation. Matthew Bradley, Managing Director at CNS, emphasised that the new system refines the already industry-standard ‘Compass’ to adapt to the needs of tomorrow.

New System, Enhanced Features

The cloud-based CNS PCS replaces ‘Compass,’ operational since 2010. The new platform offers an improved way for businesses to navigate regulatory changes and is compatible with multiple devices. The system aims to automate cargo management, increasing efficiency in the process.

Easy Integration and Compatibility

Among the most attractive features of CNS PCS is its Application Programming Interface (API). This API facilitates seamless integration with pre-existing systems for importers, exporters, shipping lines, and various stakeholders in logistics and shipping.

A Strong Legacy of Innovation

For over a decade, ‘Compass’ has served as a vital tool for trade logistics at UK maritime ports. It has played an indispensable role in communications and trade efficiency. “This transition reflects our substantial investment in digital platforms to adapt to market changes,” Bradley said.

Phased Adoption Plan

The system underwent a successful pilot launch in the Belfast community this past August. The full transition, slated for completion by 2025, will extend to London Gateway and the Port of Southampton.

Importance in the Eyes of the Government

UK authorities concur with the essential role of Port Community Systems like CNS PCS for data and systems management at national borders. Bradley added, “We are confident that this will enhance data sharing and collaboration among business and government stakeholders.”

CNS, as a part of DP World, intends to broaden the scope of this technology for international use, representing a significant step in modernising port technology globally.

Feedback Speaks Volumes

Early reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, praising the system for simplifying data sharing and collaboration. Bradley emphasised that the new system truly meets the needs of the port industry in a world that is becoming more and more digitised.

Why It Matters

Streamlining port operations isn’t merely about speed or cost-effectiveness; it’s about global competitiveness. An efficient, modern port system will attract more business, benefitting not only the ports themselves but also the broader economy. In this sense, CNS PCS serves as a significant investment in the UK’s economic infrastructure.

Source-based Insights

According to CNS, the new system is part of a suite of solutions they offer that have been developed with an in-depth understanding of the industry, gleaned from more than 30 years of experience. CNS PCS promises real-time visibility into the status of shipments and consignments and simplifies manual processes to improve overall efficiency.

The design of the system’s user interface adheres to established industry standards, facilitating a quick learning curve for newcomers. This user-friendly aspect will be especially advantageous for the varied group of participants, ranging from importers to customs agents, who will be using the platform.

The new CNS PCS stands as a major milestone in the UK’s efforts to modernise its maritime trade operations. With its successful pilot in Belfast and forthcoming expansions, it appears poised to serve as a new industry standard for years to comme.