Supply chain integration platform Chain.io has announced its support for the open Track and Trace standards recently published by the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA), aligning its platform to allow users to begin direct API-based carrier communications based on the standard directly into existing TMS (transportation management systems).
“As we’ve seen in other modes of transportation, industry standards are a great first step towards streamlining communications,” said Brian Glick, Chain.io’s CEO.
“Unfortunately, it can take years for those standards to work their way into legacy TMS and ERP solutions. By making the Chain.io platform DCSA-compliant, forwarders and shippers will be able to take advantage of these carrier interfaces as soon as they are available.”
Chain.io says that its will begin its integration project using the DCSA Track and Trace model, which is freely available to download on the DCSA website by any interested parties, before expanding to other data models as they are adopted by DCSA’s member ocean carriers.
“At DCSA, we’re excited to bring our open standards to as many industry players as possible,” added Thomas Bagge, CEO of DCSA.
“By Chain.io embracing the DCSA Track and Trace standards it helps to accelerate adoption today and maintain connectivity into the future to a wide range of stakeholders, from the largest global shippers down to the smallest local freight forwarders.”