Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Port and Container Terminal Group Extends Logistics Options with Digitised Cargo Booking Platforms

Freight Forwarders and Shippers Can Schedule Global Consignments by Land, Sea and Air
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DUBAI – WORLDWIDE – As part of its drive to move from being a port and container terminal manager to a full blown logistics group DP World has launched a new series of tools and services which it says will enable freight forwarders, and indeed any business, to book shipments of cargo from and to anywhere in the world, by any combination of sea, land and air.

The initiative follows DP World's acquisition of SeaRates.com, a digital platform that enables customers to transport cargo worldwide at the click of a mouse, along with LandRates.com and AirRates.com. DP World says the online connected ecosystem of platforms was subject to an accelerated roll out due to the challenge of the Covid-19 crisis. DP World Chief Operating Officer for Logistics and Technology, Mike Bhaskaran, said:

"The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated that we must do all we can to make supply chains stronger to keep trade flowing, even in times of unprecedented challenges for the world. DP World's vision is to digitalise supply chains leveraging our worldwide infrastructure of ports, terminals, economics zones and other assets.

”Our new platforms are moving the management of moving cargo online. It will enable our customers to be more efficient and increase the visibility and predictability of supply chains. This will help them to grow their businesses, and ultimately keep countries supplied with the vital goods they need in the crisis."

The Dubai headquartered group manages over 150 ports, cargo terminals and economic zones in more than 50 countries and Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World commented:

"We believe that our new platforms, including the Digital Freight Alliance, will contribute to opening new commercial opportunities for our customers, even during the sudden economic downturn.

"This technology is a direct business enabler. Digitising trade will help companies do more business, more efficiently. It will also support the global imperative to keep trade moving during the current crisis to help meet the demand of world markets."