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Smart logistics provider Community Network Services (CNS) is targeting international hauliers with its new purpose-built online tool aimed at fast tracking freight.

The Border Entry and Exit Movement Service (BEEMS) has already been approved by P&O Ferries which will be mandating the use of BEEMS on its Cairnryan to Larne route from January.

BEEMS provides a digital fastrack for freight using the customs pre-lodgement process, connecting transport offices and ferry operators with drivers to streamline the flow of goods.

It also acts as a direct interface with the British government’s Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) to keep drivers up to date during crossings thereby minimising any delays at ports in the post-Brexit world.

From next year, a Goods Movement Record (GMR), generated by GVMS, will be required for every vehicle carrying a commercial payload entering the UK on pre-lodgement routes.

This will apply from 1 January for movements from Great Britain to Northern Ireland and all pre-lodgement routes into and out of the UK from 1 July 2021.

BEEMS offers a simple interface for hauliers to create their GMR prior to each trip, which also communicates directly with the driver and haulier every step of the way.

The product will be available for all customers using the Northern Ireland routes from the 1 January deadline and will be available for use by all users of the English Channel routes before 1 July when full UK border controls will be mandated.

CNS also developing other digital solutions aimed at helping hauliers, their drivers and supply chain partners with the added complexities Brexit brings.

Matthew Bradley, CNS MD, said: “New post-Brexit regulations may appear daunting but BEEMS makes the process faster and simpler, helping hauliers and their drivers feel in complete control. With digitally delivered communication ensuring no time is wasted on any journey, a new and successful era of smart trade can be delivered more efficiently.”

Henrik Pedersen, P&O freight sales director, added: “We are excited to be the first operator to offer this innovative new digital solution, which will put our customers in the driving seat. They will have to deal with a lot of new customs requirements after Brexit, making it essential that we work together to ensure trade keeps flowing for the thousands of businesses and millions of consumers who rely on our services.”

The core BEEMS product, priced at £1 per GMR movement,  ensures drivers will receive SMS alerts updating them on whether they are cleared for onward travel or being directed to customs for further inspection upon UK arrival.

Users can also upgrade to create their GMR movement through BEEMS, which interfaces directly with the government GVMS system.

The new tool also allows users to notify third parties – such as the cargo owner - about the status of the goods movements, providing yet more visibility for partners in the supply chain.

The additional features will be free for the first three months, helping P&O Ferries customers embrace the new Brexit requirements.