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Shipping groups get together to promote digitisation

[ August 3, 2022   //   ]

Non-profit group the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) and the European Shippers’ Council (ESC) are to collaborate to accelerate adoption of DCSA standards and enable a better customer experience for shippers. The associations will leverage DCSA’s open-source, vendor-neutral standards to help their members and other business partners make data exchange more timely, accurate and interoperable.

DCSA publishes and promotes digital standards to enable interoperable IT solutions in container shipping to make shipping services easier to use, more flexible, efficient, reliable and sustainable. Standardising documents such as the bill of lading to enable paperless trade is also a key part of the collaboration.

Both organisations will help their members adopt and implement DCSA standards to address their most pressing needs and is likely to include proof-of-concept trials and pilots, as well as ongoing education and training.

DCSA and the ESC will also share knowledge and contribute to each other’s member forums. DCSA will gather input from ESC members to optimise existing standards and ensure future standards are developed in close alignment with the needs of shippers.

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