For providing electronic connectivity in Ports, the Central Government has implemented Port Community System.This is intended to integrate the electronic flow of trade related documents, information and functions as a centralized hub for ports of India and other stakeholders like Shipping Lines, Agents, Surveyors, Stevedores, Banks, Container Freight Stations, Customs House agents, Importers, Exporters, Railways, CONCOR, Government regulatory agencies, etc. for exchanging electronic messages in a secure manner.
The main objectives of the PCS are:
· Develop a centralized web-based application, which act as SINGLE WINDOW, for the port community members, stakeholders to exchange messages electronically in secure fashion.
· Reduce transaction time & cost in port business
· Achieve paperless regime in port sector
· Implement an e-commerce portal for port community
All the 12 Major Ports and six non Major Ports have been integrated online with PCS that cover around 92% of total EXIM Trade by volume.