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Container shipping has a visibility problem

Supply chain reliability directly impacts business performance and profitability for any company that ships goods internationally. Unfortunately, the average global schedule reliability of container shipping for some trades is as low as 50%.

Whether you’re shipping perishable goods, managing just-in-time inventory, or planning special events and promotions, delays can make a major dent in your bottom line.

Of course, some delays are unavoidable, but increased visibility and proactive notification would enable shippers to make alternative plans, limiting operational impact.

What can the industry do to help shippers meet their business goals?

In this e-book, DCSA reveals:

  • The findings of its recent survey of shippers
  • The scale of demand for increased reliability
  • The interoperability barriers that currently reduce visibility
  • The benefits of switching from EDI to APIs
  • The security implications of current data exchange methods
  • The reliability improvements seen in other industries (airlines, banking, etc.) through data standardisation

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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.