HAPAG-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express have now joined the TradeLens platform.

The ecosystem, launched in 2019, now includes more than 300 organisations, including 10 ocean carriers and data from more than 600 ports and terminals.

TradeLens has already processed 35 million container shipments, 2 billion events and 16 million documents. It was jointly developed by IBM and A.P. Moller–Maersk, with strong input from participating global shipping carries, in order to accelerate the digitisation of maritime supply chains.

TradeLens aims to provide shippers, consignees and freight forwarders direct access to digitised, multi-carrier visibility and documentation processes for their maritime supply chains through a single platform.

Clients can also easily connect their key supply chain partners to the digital platform giving much earlier visibility to their inbound supply chains. All members of the Tradelens ecosystem contribute their planned, estimated and actual milestone events, which can then be consumed by all other permissioned members.

Hapag-Lloyd CEO Rolf Habben Jansen said the platform has great potential to enable supply chain processes and documentation handling to be digitised.

“Our customers will clearly benefit from increased transparency, accuracy, speed and efficiency in their supply chains – leading to reduced cost,” he said.

ONE CEO Jeremy Nixon said TradeLens can bring together all parties in the supply chain to the digital ecosystem where customers can get seamless, transparent and secure sharing of shipping milestones and trade documents.

“With its open standards and open governance, it can benefit our customers and the entire industry to drive for digitalisation and automation,” he said.

Just recently Hapag-Lloyd completed the pilot program to test the complex data provisioning and permissioned access systems and is now working to bring the benefits of TradeLens to its clients and business partners across all major geographies.

There are many further products and service offerings in the Tradelens pipeline, including an electronic bill of lading (TradeLens eBL) that offers clients an end-to-end digital process for the issuance, transfer and surrender of original bills of lading.