Alain Long Felixstowe is a leader in the port industry with its application of information technology, pioneering the introduction of a computerised Community System in the UK. Known today as Destin8, the system has developed through close co-operation between the port, its customers and HM Revenue & Customs. The system is regularly enhanced and upgraded to meet the evolving needs of the trading community. Destin8 is managed and operated by Maritime Cargo Processing Plc (MCP) which itself is owned by the port community.
Alan Long joined MCP in December 1987, having spent 15 years with HM Customs & Excise and is now the Company’s Managing Director. He has represented UK trade at European and international level within the UN/CEFACT process. He is also a member of the IAPH Committee on Trade Facilitation & Port Community Systems and represents that Committee at the WCO Information Management Sub-Committee (IMSC) and at the European Commission’s Trade Contact Group. MCP is a Founding Member of the European Port Community.