Nov 14, 2023

DCSA developments surrounding the electronic Bill of Lading and Track & Trace standards in the containers shipping industry

Monday, October 16th, 2023

Why this webinar

Freight transport & logistics still face various problems in terms of IT system silos that hamper the creation of well-connected and holistic supply chains. Nevertheless, several solutions have been developed that streamline services and improve businesses via communication standards. In this webinar we will welcome DCSA representatives who will shed more light on the container shipping industry. The Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) is a nonprofit, independent organization established in 2019 by several of the largest container shipping companies. DCSA’s mission is to be the de facto standards body for the industry, setting the technological foundation for interoperable IT solutions. Together with their member carriers, DCSA creates vendor-neutral, technology-agnostic, standards for IT and non-competitive business practices. By working towards the widespread adoption of these standards, their aim is to move the industry forward in terms of customer experience, efficiency, collaboration, innovation and respect for the environment.

Collaboration to improve data flow in container shipping for good cargo flow, customer experience and sustainability is the joint vision of DCSA and its members. Developing and adopting digital standards for non-competitive IT practices is core to DCSA’s work.

In order to unite behind the mission to standardize the digitalization of international trade, DCSA together with BIMCO, FIATA, ICC and SWIFT have formed the FIT Alliance. The FIT Alliance will work to generate awareness about the importance of common and interoperable data standards and common legislative conditions across international jurisdictions and platforms. The aim is to facilitate acceptance and adoption of an eBL by regulators, banks and insurers and to unify communication between these organizations and customers, physical and contractual carriers, and all other stakeholders involved in an international trade transaction.

The objective of this webinar is to inform ALICE members about the ongoing work of DCSA, with specific focus on the developments around the electronic Bill of Lading and Track and Trace standards that DCSA has developed.


Welcome and introduction 

DCSA Introduction: association, mission and vision

  • Mees van der Wiel, DCSA Senior International Advisor

DCSA Track & Trace Standards – A common set of processes as well as data and interface standards that can be implemented by carriers, shippers and third parties to enable cross-carrier shipment tracking

  • Kshitij Parashar, DCSA Track & Trace Lead | Cargo Visibility

DCSA Electronic Bill of Lading – Developments around data and process standards for the submission of shipping instructions and issuance of the bill of lading (B/L), including platform interoperability and legal barriers

  • Niels Nuyens, Value Stream Owner | Digital Trade


Additional Information

To access presentation and recordings visit the event page in ALICE intranet. (Only for ALICE members)

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