Major shipping lines adopt DCSA’s Track and Trace standards

Major shipping lines adopt DCSA’s Track and Trace standards
Thomas Bagge

A majority of Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) members, including the world’s largest shipping carriers, have adopted DCSA Track & Trace (T&T) standards and have committed to providing customers access to the standards-based API.

Members who have adopted the DCSA T&T data model include major shipping lines MSC, ONE, CMA CGM, Yang Ming and Evergreen.

CMA CGM’s IT, digital, SSC and transformation executive vice president Nicolas Sekkaki said: “The standards work being done in conjunction with DCSA will enable a level of seamlessness that has been difficult to achieve to this point due to a lack of interoperability across the industry.

“Digital standards will not only enable this interoperability, they will make it easier for carriers to achieve customer excellence and operational efficiency. But adopting standards and collaborating across the industry requires more than standards alone, it requires a cultural change in the industry which will hopefully start now.”

DCSA has claimed that widespread adoption of its T&T API, which provides a streamlined way for shippers to receive real-time, cross-carrier data regarding the whereabouts of their containers, will result in greater reliability and a better customer experiences.

It is based upon 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 data model ensures track and trace data definition are consistent for all users.

Thomas Bagge, CEO of DCSA, said: “We’re very pleased that adoption is gaining traction among the carriers, but digital transformation of the container shipping industry, and the resulting improvements in efficiency and customer experience, simply can’t happen without even more widespread adoption of digital standards.”

André Simha, chairman of the DCSA supervisory board and global chief digital & information officer of MSC, said: “While a variety of digital innovations exist in the maritime industry, MSC believes that new solutions will only be fit for purpose of they can be operated across multiple carriers, service providers and geographies.

“Collaboration is essential in this regard, so we can establish the same technology standards throughout the industry.”

The T&T standards are aligned with the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) standards to provide a global industry framework that preserves existing investments and streamlines communication among all supply chain.

Yu Kurimoto, managing director, corporate and innovation for ONE, said: “Our mission is to provide optimal solutions for our customers through innovation and collaboration. Today, optimisation in the way we envision requires digitalisation.

“Done properly, digitalisation will provide a foundation for integrating all aspects of global trade, uniting geographies and connecting stakeholders in a way that will not only enable ONE to deliver on its vision, but for container shipping to be seen as a leading light of industry.”

Eric Wang, executive vice president of international marketing division at Evergreen, added: “In the increasingly connected shipping supply chain, digital collaboration is important for giving customers the experiences they want.

“We are convinced that standardisation is the prerequisite for all stakeholders to realise effective digitalisation and interoperability, which are urgently needed, not only by us but by the industry as a whole.”

Steven Tsao, chief information officer from Yang Ming, noted: “There is a great complexity in global logistics services due to regulations, business factors, network sizes, and information flow between parties.

“The timely exchange of data and the ability to respond to factors that arise during the transportation process are key to providing service reliability. Reliability requires visibility and high-quality data, which is why we are happy to be early adopters of the DCSA T&T standard.”

DCSA is a neutral, non-profit group established to further digitalisation of container shipping and technology standards.