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WISETECH Global has partnered with MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, to provide a direct data connection between their systems, providing productivity and efficiency gains for some of the world’s freight forwarders.

The integration provides CargoWise customers with direct electronic messages for schedules, booking, tracking, verified gross mass, shipping instructions, bill of lading data, while contract and spot rates are in development.

By adopting Digital Container Shipping Association’s (DCSA) latest published standards, the partners are taking advantage of the shipping industry’s best practices – improving the speed and quality of data exchange between customers using CargoWise and MSC.

Ashley Skaanild, senior manager of carrier strategy at WiseTech Global said, “MSC has recognised that the digital needs of their customers are growing, and that connecting to CargoWise provides critical services at the fingertips of our shared customers.

“By providing their latest schedules to CargoWise customers, and with rates forthcoming, MSC becomes an easier and more seamless choice when it comes to online booking.”

Andre Simha, chief digital and information officer at MSC said, “CargoWise is the operating system used by many of our freight forwarder customers. By ensuring an easy and fast exchange of information with a direct platform connection, both MSC and CargoWise users gain a wide range of benefits, including a smoother e-booking and track and trace process”.

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The quality and breadth of data being shared also translates to a reduction in manual data entry and rekeying of data, minimising the risk of errors.

“Ultimately, this leads to process improvement, productivity gains, and enhanced real-time visibility. Rollout to the first set of mutual customers has already commenced, and we expect this to expand to more of our customers over the next 12 months,” Mr Simha said.

Mr Simha also explained the significance of adopting DCSA’s standards.

“We’re in a very fragmented and complex industry and there is a real need to simplify things, work together and communicate with each other in a smarter way,” he said.

“The improved transparency, visibility and reliability across supply chain management through the adoption of these standards, will help the industry transform for the better.”

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