Israel Ports Company, Tel Aviv, Israel
The MAINSYS (Maritime Integrated System)is a technological platform integrating all of the business partners in the maritime commerce: sea ports, customs, shipping agents, tax agents, international forwarders, importers, exporters and shipping companies.
The project's goal, at the national level, is to improve the Israeli economy's competitiveness by streamlining shipping processes ("paperless port") and through savings in trade process receipts, taking into account the entire logistical chain of supply.
MAINSYS is managed by a joint administration headed by the Shipping and Ports Authority at the Ministry of Transport and the Customs Administration at the Ministry of Finance. Management of the project was assigned to the Israel Ports Company which considers the project an important part of the port infrastructures it promotes, and has accordingly allocated the resources required for its promotion.
The project began after the Ports Authority was split into the Ports Companies and the Israel Ports Company (2005). The purpose of this initiative was to preserve and improve work procedures, forms and uniform electronic messages when working with port customers. Since then, the framework has been expanded and refers to improvement and streamlining of the entire maritime trade chain of supply.
Participation in this project is voluntary, and the widespread response by the maritime trade community indicates its importance and necessity.