DP World to accelerate digitisation of global trade with TradeLens blockchain platform

May 28, 2020

Dubai-based terminal operator DP World has completed the early stages of integration with TradeLens, a blockchain-based digital container logistics platform jointly developed by A.P. Moller – Maersk and IBM.

The collaboration between DP World and the TradeLens platform is expected to help accelerate the digitization of global supply chains.

DP World aims to connect all its 82 marine and inland container terminals, as well as feeder companies and logistics divisions with TradeLens. In 2019, DP World’s terminals handled 71.2 million TEU containers from around 70,000 vessels. With a pipeline of committed developments and expansions, the terminal operator expects the current gross capacity of 91 million TEU to rise in line with market demand.

TradeLens and benefits for DP World

TradeLens brings together data from the entire global supply chain ecosystem including shippers, port operators and shipping lines. It also aims to modernise manual and paper-based documents, replacing them with blockchain enabled digital solutions.

For DP World, the data from its integration with TradeLens will improve operational efficiency with earlier visibility of container flows across multiple carriers, according to Maersk. Such visibility includes confirmation of the transport modality that follows the port stay for each container, which in heavy transshipment or rail ports enable better yard planning.

It will also expand the capabilities of DP World’s digital platforms created to move online the management of logistics. The DF Alliance, SeaRates, LandRates and AirRates enable shippers to move cargo to and from anywhere at the click of a mouse, across DP World’s network and beyond.

“Our decision to team up with TradeLens is driven by our vision for intelligent logistics, reducing costs and creating value. DP World is working to deliver integrated supply chain solutions to cargo owners, backed by our global network of ports, terminals, economic zones and inland operations. By working with TradeLens we will accelerate the digitisation of global trade,” Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Office of DP World, commented.

“Modernising the processes by which logistics operate is critical to building more robust and more efficient supply chains which will help economic development and generate more prosperity.”

TradeLens provides visibility across the entire supply chain, from booking to clearance to payments and is built on a wealth of input from the industry including direct integrations with more than 110 ports and terminals, 15+ customs authorities around the world and an increasing number of intermodal providers.

“It is very encouraging to see the continued adoption of the TradeLens platform among global logistics players as it helps global supply chain customers expand and explore the benefits of digital documentation flows,” Vincent Clerc, CEO of Ocean and Logistics, A.P. Moller – Maersk, said.

“In turn, the broadened geographic scope of the platform provides new opportunities for TradeLens ecosystem participants to innovate and develop digital offerings on the platform.”

“At its core the TradeLens business model is an open and neutral platform to spur collaboration and digitization between all parties in the supply chain ecosystem. We are excited to welcome DP World and eagerly await the creation of new potential ways of working for shippers and consignees in global trade. With 4 of the 5 largest global port operators actively engaged with TradeLens, the coverage of the ecosystem continues to expand rapidly,” Mike White, CEO GTD Solutions and Head of TradeLens, noted.

DP World has already connected Cochin Port (India) with the TradeLens platform via API technology. Plans to collaborate with other DP World business units, including the feeder line Unifeeder, have also been initiated.

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