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Digitalization improves port operations & shipping services, speeding up trade and lowering costs

Delighted to share details of two recent reports by our Advisory Council Member, UNCTAD, looking at how – and what must be done to ensure operators in developing countries benefit from these trends. Currently, 95,402 ships carry goods around the globe.


The more the data behind transport operations are digitized, the more efficient shipping – and thus trade – will be. It will be easier for carriers, seaports and intermodal transport providers to integrate their processes with the shippers’ own globalized supply chains, providing better visibility of shipments at any given time.


This is facilitated by artificial intelligence, which can help analyze the growing volume of data from automatic identification systems, global positioning systems and tracking devices for cargo and containers. The data can be securely stored on the blockchain, making them tamper-proof and trackable. The challenge is to ensure developing countries benefit from the trends, not only through access to the technologies but also as business service providers.


  1. Read a report by UNCTAD and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden: http://bit.ly/2SkIAzl

  2. And an UNCTAD policy brief: http://bit.ly/2MTsWeU

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