Improving shipments with IBM logistics
Improving shipments with IBM logistics

Improving shipments with IBM logistics

By Fabio Carbone - 10 Aug 2018

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Ceva Logistics has joined the TradeLens platform developed by IBM and Maersk for the global management of shipments using blockchain technology.

The announcement of the partnership came the day after the official launch of the solution designed to promote safer and more efficient global trade, which was joined by 94 organizations and multinationals as part of TradeLens’ early adopter program.

The project involves 20 port and terminal operators, including the ports of Hong Kong, Rotterdam, Bilbao and Philadelphia.

Customs authorities from the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Australia and Peru are involved. It also includes companies specializing in Third Party Logistics (3PL), handling and storage of goods.

According to CEVA Logistics CEO Xavier Urbain, “this strategic partnership with IBM and Maersk provides CEVA’s answer to the untapped potential of blockchain applications in the logistics industry“.

The benefit of TradeLens is twofold for CEVA, on the one hand, it will further improve the digitization strategy of the multinational, and on the other, it will set a market standard for blockchain solutions dedicated to the supply chain.

Logistics is increasingly aware of the potential of digital ecosystems based on distributed ledgers. One example is the recent experimental transport of 17 tonnes of almonds from Australia to Germany, monitored by the Trade-chain project.

How does TradeLens work

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The development of TradeLens has been entrusted to IBM, which has a wealth of experience in this field.

The goods are monitored by a single system, respecting the privacy and industrial confidentiality that exists between the commercial partners involved in the transaction.

Freight forwarders, shipping companies, port operators and terminals, land logistics and customs authorities, have real-time access to the blockchain-based shipment tracking system.

Each party can access the digital platform at its authoritative level to verify shipment data, IoT data monitoring the temperature of goods, container weight and other data provided by sensors.

The individual transactions are managed through smart contracts, which act as official accompanying documents for shipments. The module is released by a beta-phase program called ClearWay.

The software in question allows importers and exporters, customs agencies, NGOs, etc., to collaborate in organizational business processes and exchanges of information, all supported by a system that cannot be repudiated or falsified.

Transit times reduced by 40%

During the experimental phase, IBM and Maersk tested TradeLens by making several test shipments.

One of these tests, conducted in the United States, showed that it is possible to reduce the transit time of a shipment of packaging materials by 40%. The savings calculated were several thousand dollars.

Fabio Carbone

A freelance writer since 2013 he studied computer science, philosophy and also a bit of sociology. In 2016 he discovered the crypto economy and since then writes about blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, to further deepen a movement that is not only made of experts mathematicians and cryptographers but also of people who generate a new economy from the bottom. He writes about the same topic on various industry websites. He writes about Industry 4.0 and digital economy in general.

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