PIL joins DCSA

Pacific International Lines (PIL) has joined the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA), becoming the latest member of the consortium of the world’s largest container lines working together to improve standardisation and digitalisation.

DCSA’s founding members consist of 9 of the 10 largest container shipping companies worldwide and represent approximately 70% of global container trade. The association was founded to accelerate the adoption of digital tools by streamlining and harmonising data standards, thereby creating an interoperable framework with reduced friction, cost and a better customer experience.

The standards endorsed by the group aim to address needs such as paperless trade, cargo visibility, port call optimisation and equipment management.

PIL has already been working on a wide range of digitalisation initiatives, including the implementation of an electronic bill of lading (eBL) to make document creation, approval, distribution and tracking easier, while reducing potential fraud and eliminating the risk of paper documents being lost in transit.

“PIL has been actively undertaking digitalisation initiatives and we are pleased to join DCSA to accelerate our journey while growing the industry’s digitalisation capabilities. Digitalisation not only increases efficiency and reduces costs, it also cuts down on our carbon footprint and simplifies transactions for all stakeholders,” said Lars Kastrup, CEO of PIL.

“Complementing our participation in DCSA, PIL has also been working to incorporate standardisation and governance in our data and processes to enhance the way we work and optimise efficiency.”

“For digitalisation to succeed, we need to work together for industry-wide adoption. These comprehensive digital capabilities will help equip international shipping to be more sustainable and future-ready.”

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