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DCSA promotes open data standards for container shipping industry

Amsterdam, The Netherlands — The Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) announced that in conjunction with its nine member carriers, it has published a common set of processes, as well as data and interface standards for Track and Trace (T&T). The standards can be implemented by carriers, shippers and third parties to enable cross-carrier shipment tracking. This is the first of many initiatives to be put forth by DCSA to transform inefficient practices and accelerate digitalization through a unified industry effort.

The DCSA T&T standard comprises an information model and interface standards that can be freely downloaded from the DCSA website. The data model ensures track and trace data definitions are consistent for all users, leveraging any system. These definitions are based on the Industry Blueprint, published by DCSA and its carrier members in 2019, which established a consistent vocabulary and proposed a common set of industry processes. The T&T standards are aligned with the UN/CEFACT (United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business) standards to provide a global industry framework that preserves existing investments and streamlines communication among all supply chain participants.

“We are thrilled to introduce T&T standards for the industry that enable its customers to reduce complexity, cut costs and, over time, better manage their end-to-end supply chains,” said Thomas Bagge, CEO of DCSA. “As DCSA standards are technology- and vendor-neutral, every organisation providing shipment tracking information to its customers today will benefit by adopting our T&T standard, because it will simplify data integration with carriers and improve information quality.”

André Simha, Chairman of the DCSA supervisory board and global chief digital & information officer of MSC said, “The ocean carrier community is enthusiastic and committed to advancing industry standards for the good of all parties. T&T standardization is a huge advancement for container visibility and trade overall. Current DCSA ocean carrier membership represents 70% of the global container shipping market, and all carriers are invited to join us in collaborating to develop more efficient, automated digital container shipping. This will ensure global shipping in 2020 and beyond will benefit from digitalization and the significant value interoperability offers.”

(From L to R): Rajesh Krishnamurthy, Executive Vice President IT & Transformation, CMA CGM; Adam Banks, Chief Technology & Information Officer, A.P. Moller – Maersk; Martin Gnass, Managing Director Information Technology, Hapag-Lloyd; André Simha, Chief Information Officer (DCSA Chairman), MSC Group; Noriaki Yamaga, Managing Director, Corporate & Innovation, Ocean Network Express.

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