The GAACS Database is capable of supporting all of the various parties in a supply chain, or just one of them. When only used to support one of the parties, the user depends on access to all the documents containing information required, and has to populate the Database with this data.
Within the contents of a GAACS Supply Chain Database there has to be one PRIMARY GAACS OWNER established for the System Type, the 'CARRIER'. Other system types (i.e. AGENT, BROKER, SUPPLIER etc.) can connect into the Supply Chain supported by this Database, each of which would be a GAACS OWNER.
A 'stand alone' GAACS Database has only one owner which by default becomes the PRIMARY GAACS OWNER. In this Database you are not connected into a Supply Chain and are required to use 'data entry' to populate much of the data required.
Within the GAACS Cycle the various parties are supported by applications we call GAACS modules. The modules are named by their System Type, they are AGENT, BROKER, CARRIER, CONSIGNEE, CUSTOMS, SUPPLIER and TRUCKER. All modules support the user with an Action Driven Interface (ADI), and are Cloud Based.
This module supports activities related to the Accounting that exists between the Carrier and other parties. The primary activity is managing and setting the freight rates for PoGs being transported by Carrier's vessels.
This module supports activities related to work required by Customs Officers in inspections of PoGs. Seen as a 'front end' to the Bahamas Customs Single Entry System (BESW), it provides more detailed access to information than is currently available.
This module supports activities related to transporting PoGs to their final destination. As information about a PoG is available sooner, the transportation to Consignee can be planned ahead of time.
This module supports activities related to acquiring goods, and directing how they are to transported. Purchase orders can be created and made available to Suppliers either directly or through an XML interchange or in Excel.
XML allows computer applications residing on different platforms to exchange data. It is used by the Bahamas Single Entry computer application (BESW), to receive Broker Customs Declarations, and to respond back with messages indicating acceptance or rejection. Its use can save Brokers in the Bahamas considerable time.