The path forward for global container shipping

Container shipping has a paper problem, and it’s never been more obvious than in 2020.

COVID-19 has put unprecedented strain on the world’s supply chains. The pandemic has exposed the shipping industry’s continuing dependence on printed documentation. Cargo has been stuck in ports waiting for physical paperwork to be delivered by flights that have been delayed.

Digital Standards: An investment in the future

In this e-book, DCSA looks at what it will take to replace antiquated shipping processes across this fragmented, complex and global industry - from electronic Bills of Lading (eBL) to IoT container tracking and much more.

Drawing on the experience of industries such as banking and air transport, it reveals the real-world benefits on offer to all parts of the industry from widespread adoption of standardised efficient, digital processes:

  • Increased Transparency
  • Easier Collaboration
  • Greater Efficiency
  • Enhanced Reliability
  • Billions of dollars per year in potential cost savings

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At DCSA, we envisage a digitally interconnected container shipping industry in which customers have a choice of seamless, easy-to-use services that provide the flexibility to meet their business and sustainability goals.

DCSA’s mission is to shape the digital future of container shipping by being the industry’s collective voice, working towards alignment and standardisation. By setting frameworks for effective, universally adoptable solutions and innovating, we can enable transparent, reliable, easy to use, secure and environmentally friendly container transportation services. DCSA’s open source standards, free for everyone to use, are developed based on input from DCSA member carriers, industry stakeholders and technology experts from other industries.

DCSA is a nonprofit, independent organisation established in 2019 by several of the largest container shipping companies. Led by CEO Thomas Bagge, we are a growing team of professionals with backgrounds in the shipping and technology industries.