Digital Container Shipping Association track and trace (T&T) standards have been adopted by the majority of its member carriers
Digital Container Shipping Association says customers will soon be provided with access to the standards-based API.
The DCSA T&T API provides a streamlined way for shippers to receive real-time, cross-carrier data regarding the whereabouts of their containers. DCSA said widespread adoption of DCSA standards will advance the industry in terms of visibility and real-time responsiveness, resulting in greater reliability and a better customer experience.
The DCSA T&T standard comprises an information model and interface standards that can be freely downloaded from the DCSA website; API definitions are available on SwaggerHub. 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.
MSC global chief digital and information officer and chairman of the DCSA supervisory board André Simha said “While a variety of digital innovations exist in the maritime industry, MSC believes new solutions will only be fit for purpose if 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 establish a consistent method for exchanging data between carriers and customers.”
While CMA CGM executive vice president IT, digital, SSC and transformation 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.”
Yang Ming chief information officer Steven Tsao said “…With the T&T standards-based API in place, shippers will have real-time information about container whereabouts and receive notification of delays. Equally as important, shippers who have implemented the T&T API with us preserve their investment because they can easily connect with all carriers that have implemented the DCSA standards.”
“We’re very pleased that adoption is gaining traction among the carriers,” said DCSA chief executive Thomas Bagge. “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. DCSA’s focus for 2021 is to promote adoption among all stakeholders. Without adoption, the industry will not benefit from the digital foundation that is being created.”
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