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DCSA bolsters its presence with the addition of Pacific Container Lines (PIL)

In a significant move for the global container shipping sector, Pacific International Lines (PIL) has become the newest addition to the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA).

The DCSA, renowned for its influential role within the container shipping industry, was established in 2019 by nine of the ten largest container shipping companies globally (MSC, Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, ONE, Evergreen, Yang Ming, HMM, and ZIM), covering approximately 70% of the world’s container trade.

The association’s mission focuses on the acceleration of digitalization through the establishment of unified data standards, which simplifies processes, reduces costs, and elevates customer experiences.

PIL’s joining the DCSA is seen as a commitment to align and validate digital standards that promise to widen adoption throughout the shipping sector. “PIL has been actively undertaking digitalisation initiatives, and we are pleased to join DCSA to accelerate our journey while growing the industry’s digitalisation capabilities,” said Mr. Lars Kastrup, CEO of PIL.

He emphasized the environmental and operational efficiencies gained from digital initiatives, stating, “Digitalisation not only increases efficiency and reduces costs, it also cuts down on our carbon footprint and simplifies transactions for all stakeholders.

Digital standards set by DCSA address critical needs such as paperless trade, enhanced cargo visibility, optimized port calls, and effective equipment management. By creating a common data framework that extends across international jurisdictions, these standards ensure smoother operations, better communication, and more streamlined transactions among all parties involved in global trade.

PIL’s implementation of electronic bill of lading (eBL), exemplifies their advancements in reducing transaction times and increasing operational efficiency, providing a seamless customer experience.

The eBL system facilitates easier creation, approval, distribution, and tracking of shipping documents, significantly reducing the risks associated with physical paperwork.

Welcoming PIL to the association, Mr. Thomas Bagge, CEO of DCSA, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership’s potential, “We are thrilled to welcome PIL to DCSA. As we continue our collaboration with industry partners to advance digitalisation of the container shipping industry, PIL’s participation represents another significant milestone.

Over the past five years, DCSA and its members have created a digital foundation that allows for the industry to improve the customer experience, reduce cost and help the industry shift towards a more sustainable future,” added Bagge.

DCSA’s commitment extends beyond operational efficiencies to fostering sustainable practices, enhancing customer experiences, and unlocking valuable data insights. The association’s efforts aim for widespread adoption of these digital standards, which could revolutionize international trade logistics by saving billions in direct costs and significantly boosting global trade growth.

The collaboration between PIL and DCSA not only sets the stage for more integrated and efficient global shipping operations but also positions the industry to be more sustainable and future-ready, paving the way for a digitized supply chain that promises greater reliability and efficiency for all stakeholders involved.

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