Tuesday , 21 May 2019
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Schenker has put ten containers equipped with radio frequency identification (RFID) technology into service at the Port of Hamburg, as the first step in a trial to examine the suitability of new security technology for global freight transport.

Schenker trials pioneering RFID system

The containers will be used on a shuttle service between Hamburg and Hong Kong. Their tags will be registered automatically at points where responsibilitiy changes hands, giving the shipment immediate visibility at important transitional points along the transport chain.

The first test phase commences with partners at the port packing stations, while the next step will include container terminals. Schenker will test the ‘e-seal’, an electronic seal that documents if the container is opened or closed, as well as a range of other security devices that will monitor the shipment.

“This is pioneering work we are doing for our sea freight customers, especially for groupage shipments,” said Dr Wolfgang Dräger, Schenker’s vice president of sea freight.