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Valenciaport Foundation

  • Initiative 4.5: Risk assessment and decision support system for Customs controls exits in the port of Valencia

    • Pilot Action proposed:

    Implementation of a software able to perform a risk analysis over the departures of trucks carrying semi-trailers and empty trucks in order to aid in the decision to open the container or semi-trailers and check what it is being carried by the customs border protection police (Guardia Civil).

    • Stakeholder involved:

    Port Authority of Valencia  
    Customs Administration
    Guardia Civil (Customs border protection police)
    Truck drivers

    • Subject matter: What?  

    The Port of Valencia has an automatic gate system for the entrance and departure of any vehicle in the port area. This system is being enhanced to include new technologies as an OCR system for the “Empties exit lane” that reads the numbers on the containers that are moved through this lane and RFID reader systems in the “RO-RO exit lane” for identifying electronic RFID tags that will uniquely identify the semi-trailer.
    Based on these new technologies and the new automatic identification capabilities, the initiative will build a decision support system able to automatically analyze the risk that a truck using the empties exit lane is carrying a container that is not empty or that a truck carrying a semi-trailer is carrying goods that are not yet authorized by customs. The decision support system needs to be very fast as it has to automatically make all the verifications and suggest action to perform, working in real time while the truck is waiting for the decision at the port exit gate.

    • Purpose: Why? Why is this action critically important for achieving your vision? Why can't you just skip it?

    Currently, the verification to ensure that a truck supposedly not carrying goods is really not carrying goods takes a long time and generates congestion at the port in rush hours, especially when all empty trucks exiting needs to be checked. To avoid the generation of long queues, the customs border police may take the decision to not open and inspect all vehicles but there is not any system that helps them to take this decision. A similar problem is appearing with the trucks carrying semi-trailers that have been discharged from Ro-Ro vessels as they need to verify if the goods being carried within these semi-trailers are authorised for departure because the goods have Union status or they have been released for free circulation after being imported.
    This action is required to be able to attend increasing volumes of goods being transported by sea in the Mediterranean in order for the port be more competitive and attractive to these traffics providing a better quality of service.

    • Location: Where?

    Port of Valencia

    • Sequence: When?  

    Prototype: 2014
    Piloting: 2014

    • People: Who? Who is the best person/ stakeholder to put in charge of this action? Who else will be involved here?

    Port of Valencia
    Customs Administration
    Guardia Civil (Customs border protection police)
    Truck drivers

    • Method: How?  

    The in depth analysis about the problem shall be prepared with the participation of Custom Officers, a prototype of the IT solution designed and then piloted.

    • Cost: How much?  

    In evaluation