INTERNATIONAL stevedore DP World says it has completed the early stages of integration with TradeLens, a blockchain digital container logistics platform, developed by A.P. Moller – Maersk and IBM.

The collaboration between DP World and the TradeLens platform is aimed at accelerating the digitisation of global supply chains.

DP World seeks to connect all its 82 marine and inland container terminals, as well as feeder companies and logistics divisions.

“Our decision to team up with TradeLens is driven by our vision for intelligent logistics, reducing costs and creating value,” said group chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem.

“DP World is working to deliver integrated supply chain solutions to cargo owners, backed by our global network of ports, terminals, economic zones and inland operations,” he said.

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“By working with TradeLens we will accelerate the digitisation of global trade. Modernising the processes by which logistics operate is critical to building more robust and more efficient supply chains which will help economic development and generate more prosperity.”

A.P. Moller – Maersk CEO of ocean and logistics, Vincent Clerc, said it was encouraging to see the continued adoption of the TradeLens platform among global logistics players.

“In turn, the broadened geographic scope of the platform provides new opportunities for TradeLens ecosystem participants to innovate and develop digital offerings on the platform,” Mr Clerc said.

“At its core the TradeLens business model is an open and neutral platform to spur collaboration and digitisation.”

Head of TradeLens and GTD Solutions chief executive Mike White said they were excited to welcome DP World and eagerly awaited the creation of new potential ways of working for shippers and consignees in global trade.

“With four of the five largest global port operators actively engaged with TradeLens, the coverage of the ecosystem continues to expand rapidly,” said Mike White, CEO GTD Solutions and Head of TradeLens.

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