Thursday, March 22, 2018

Massive EU Project Includes Logistics Experts, Container Shipping Lines and Customs Officials

Four Year Programme to Update the Global Supply Chain Concludes in April
Shipping News Feature
BELGIUM – WORLDWIDE – The CORE project is a four-year €50 million European research project in which 70 partners collaborated to create 'trusted and transparent trade lanes'. The project has been looking at new ways to enhance the speed, reliability, and efficiency of global supply chains, while safeguarding security and improving compliance. The partners range from around the globe, with experience between them in every facet of international trade, from container shipping lines to Customs authorities and logistics providers of every hue.

The purpose of CORE was to find a better way to harmonise all international shipments by way of standardised processes which would be recognised right around the globe. If the right systems can be developed these would also lead to better visibility of security risks and other supply chain threats. The hope is also to develop ‘Real-time Lean Agile Resilient Green Optimised supply chain solutions’, resilient (in real-time) to major disturbances caused by ‘high impact’ events.

One of CORE’s principal targets is to solve the conundrum of transferring from transaction based supervision of goods to system based supervision to achieve better supply chain security. Currently too many international shipments have insufficient or incorrect data input. For example Customs declarations need to contain the true shipper and consignee involved in every transaction. Currently many documents bear the name of consolidation and deconsolidation agents as shipper and consignee respectively.

This problem is exacerbated when the description of goods is vague or incorrect. Stating ‘Freight of All Kinds’ or ‘Said to Contain’ are simply not acceptable descriptions for what may be movement across a series of international borders of a complex mix of goods with differing points of origin and final destinations. CORE has made a simple video explaining these principals whilst looking to solve them.

One other area which is examined in detail is improving current security protocols and introducing more effective, less intrusive and cost controlled substitutes. The net result of all this will be the final CORE event, hosted by The European Shippers Council and CLECAT in the Stanhope Hotel, Brussels on 11 April 2018. Living lab presentations at the event will include:

  • Real-time management of complex supply chains (P&G) - How additional visibility and security are driving supply chain resilience and agility, reducing environmental impact, and adding value to commercial organisations and governments.
  • Data pipelines: driving a global supply chain revolution (Flora Holland/Dutch Customs) - Paving the way for green lanes through better access to detailed shipment information and documentation to improve supply chain reliability, efficiency, and risk analysis.
  • Blueprint for a trusted trade lane (Seacon Logistics) - Roll-out plans for a data pipeline that allows the seamless flow of information between all supply chain stakeholders.
  • Global trade digitisation: the future of trade data exchange (IBM-Maersk) - The world-wide IT platform enabling easy, secure exchange of confidential information between shippers, authorities and other stakeholders.

To register your interest in attending this event please go to: