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CargoSmart consults Oracle over blockchain shipping papers

Steve Rogerson
August 7, 2018
CargoSmart, a Hong Kong-based shipment management software provider, is working with US software giant Oracle to develop a blockchain for shipment documentation to improve complex supply chain processes.
The goal is to establish a digital baseline for trusted shipment documentation management across the shipping and logistics industry. Shippers, forwarders, carriers, truckers and customs agencies will be able to collaborate more efficiently through the platform for a single version of truth and an immutable audit trail with low latency.
Shipping document handling processes are complex and include dated paper processes that involve many stakeholders across countries. In addition, companies in global shipping have very diverse technical capabilities and data standards, exchanging documents in many formats including email, online forms and electronic data interchange (EDI). On average, a single shipment can involve more than 30 documents exchanged by all parties, often with multiple revisions due to human errors, before it leaves port.
CargoSmart’s blockchain aims to simplify the shipping documentation process, increase trust, and boost efficiency. Connected through a blockchain documentation platform, the entire shipping ecosystem can reduce disputes, avoid late penalties from customs agencies, expedite documentation turnaround times, and better manage detention and demurrage costs.
CargoSmart projects a 65% reduction in the amount of time required to collect, consolidate and confirm data from multiple parties and to handle shipping data that are repetitive in different documents by leveraging blockchain shipment documentation.
Document handling is particularly extensive for shippers and their logistics service providers with specialised cargo. For example, shipping dangerous goods requires numerous certificates to state that declared goods are classified and packed correctly. Some of the shipping document contents are filled repeatedly into different declaration forms. CargoSmart’s blockchain service reduces the risk of mis-declaration and speeds up the filing process. When documents are submitted accurately and timely, the cargo can continue to move according to plan.
“Blockchain technology provides immutable records and a trusted network to offer secure and traceable documentation,” said Steve Siu, chief executive officer of CargoSmart. “Providing a solution for supply chain parties to auto-fill repeated and verified information can dramatically increase data accuracy and efficiency for the whole logistics process.”
CargoSmart has been working closely with Oracle, which recently launched a blockchain cloud service. Oracle’s blockchain platform lets organisations easily build blockchain networks to drive more secure and efficient transactions and to track goods through supply chains on a global scale. Its enterprise-grade architecture, interoperability and decentralised governance model make it suitable for organising and tracking international shipments through all involved parties.
CargoSmart will continue working with Oracle to build comprehensive blockchain networks with breadth and depth to serve key customers.
“Maritime shipping is essential to global trade, but it often suffers from inefficiencies in the complex documentation processes across many involved parties,” said Amit Zavery, executive vice president at Oracle. “CargoSmart’s new solution, powered by Oracle’s blockchain cloud platform, can help engender trust and confidence in the ecosystem. Its gives users across the entire shipping ecosystem a trusted, secure, scalable and resilient means to share information, helping to speed up turnaround time, reduce disputes and lower costs.”
CargoSmart provides global shipment management software that lets shippers, consignees, logistics service providers, non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs) and ocean carriers improve planning and on-time deliveries. Connected to more than 40 ocean carriers, CargoSmart leverages big data sources and a cloud-based platform to offer sailing schedules, visibility, documentation, contract management, compliance and benchmarking services. Launched in 2000, CargoSmart has helped more than 160,000 transportation and logistics professionals increase delivery reliability, lower transportation costs and streamline operations.