Marseille expands its port to Lyon

Lyon - Lyon Terminal and MGI have just signed a contract for the useof the rail-river shipping procedure with Inland+, an inland logistics module that interfaces with Cargo Community Systems such as AP+. This contract confirms the permanent use of the procedure

Lyon - Lyon Terminal and MGI have just signed a contract for the use of the rail-river shipping procedure with Inland+, an inland logistics module that interfaces with Cargo Community Systems such as AP+.

This contract confirms the permanent use of the procedure, which offers the double benefit of meeting the regulatory requirements of customs authorities and ensuring economic efficiency for transport operators.

It was signed by Pierre-Jean Grangette, President of Lyon Terminal and François Mahé des Portes, President of the MGI Executive Board on 2 April at the SITL conference, in the presence of Christine Cabau Woehrel, President of the Executive Board of Marseille Fos Port Authority, Patrice Vernet, Regional Director of Customs in Marseille and Noël Comte, Chairman of the Ports Committee.

This contract is the crowning achievement of a strategy that has been rolled out of the last few years to streamline data exchanges between the Port of Marseille Fos and its hinterland.

Lyon Terminal is the first multimodal hub in the Lyon region to connect to Inland+ and it can now play the role of Marseille’s inland dry port. The totally paperless river-shipping procedure in Inland+ deals with customs clearance during transit, enabling door-to-door services, from the departure port to delivery right to the shipper’s address.

Information is sent more quickly, cutting management costs and dockside demurrage fees. The river-shipping procedure in Inland+ has been developed in partnership with Lyon Terminal and consolidated transport providers Logirhone and Greenmodal, and with the customs authorities, all of whom played an active role in development and deployment of the procedure.

The 45-day customs clearance procedures that the sea port is allowed to use are transferred to the inland terminal; consolidated transport operators have fewer logistic and administrative formalities to complete, regardless of the number of containers transported.

For instance, for 100 containers, 309 operations were previously required to allow them to leave the sea port. Now with Inland+, only seven operations are required, regardless of the number of containers.

The inland terminals gain advance access to the customs status of freight, and the customs authorities get a better overview of goods flows, enabling targeted inspections. “The deployment of Inland+ at Lyon Terminal is much more than a mere symbol,” insisted François Mahé des Portes. “It is a cross-regional tool for streamlining services, benefiting private enterprises and public bodies involved in foreign trade right across South-eastern France.”

Lyon Terminal is the first port in Marseille’s hinterland to implement this approach. Pierre-Jean Grangette added: “With this partnership, Lyon Terminal is continuing to develop multimodal transport, allowing clients that use river-shipping procedures to generate significant competitive advantages. The hinterland is now playing a pivotal role in the global supply chain.”

Christophe Reynaud, MGI Inland+ Product Manager, confirmed how pleased the parties are with the outcome. “All players involved with this success have found genuine satisfaction in moving from the concept or idea to actual implementation.”

Inland+ will be further enriched with new functions, to simplify and streamline exchanges between the port and inland hubs.Nearly 30 years of experience in developing Cargo Community Systems (CCS) intended for public and private operators within a port or airport logistics hub.

MGI sees itself, above all, as a team of logistical IT experts offering logistics/professions/customs and computing expertise. Designer, developer and operator of innovative solutions MGI has developed the AP+ CCS - a port single window for cargo – towards trimodality by creating AirPort+, an air module and Inland +, a pre/post-shipment module.

MGI is an expert for local governments and international organisations such as the World Customs Organization, the French Ministry of Transport (DGITM), Ministry of Finance (DGDDI) and the European Commission (R&D projects); and for national and international associations such as: the Maritime Union for the Mediterranean (UMM), the Worldwide Network of Port Cities (AIVP), the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH), the PACA Logistics Cluster, Novalog and Via Marseille Fos.

Lyon Terminal is a 64.08%-owned subsidiary of the Compagnie National du Rhône (CNR). LT has two sites at Lyon Edouard Herriot Port, with 500m of docks, a total terminal area of 20 ha, one mobile crane for river terminal operations, one mobile crane, one heavyweight gantry crane (250 T), 7 reach stackers, 3200 m of rail track and integrated IT systems. With these facilities, Lyon Terminal handled 220,000 TEUs in 2013, including 72,362 TEUs by river and 36,586 ITUs by rail.

Lyon Terminal also operates Large Parcel loading/unloading services for river or river/shipping units. Lyon Terminal is seeking to grow by developing river traffic between Lyon and Fos-sur-Mer and by enhancing its rail transport offer, in particular in the context of market liberalisation.