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Blockchain technology should make operations at the port more efficient

Hamburg IT service provider Dakosy and Dbh Logistics IT want to digitize the issuance process for import containers

09. September 2021

Service providers Dakosy from Hamburg and Dbh Logistics IT from Bremen, which specialize in port community systems (port IT systems), are currently developing a joint German solution for the digital exemption process for import containers. Blockchain technology should also play a role in this. The first shipping companies and freight forwarders will be connected to the platform before the end of this year.German ports“It is being marketed.

To date, communications about the release process have been made by fax, e-mail or telephone

In order for authorized persons to seize their sea containers at the terminal during import, they have to use a special bill of lading, the so-called Shipping Policy (abbreviated B/L, on German bill of lading), legalization. Since it is often about high-value goods, mistakes should not be made here. Until now, all communication between them is usually done shipping companiesFreight forwarders, carriers and terminals for everything related to container release by fax, e-mail and telephone.

Dacuse and DBH have now established the prerequisites for standardizing and digitizing the exemption process for import containers at the German seaports Hamburg, Bremerhaven and Bremen as well as Wilhelmshaven. IT service providers want first-time users Blockchain Technology supply. The testing phase is in preparation. The suitability and applicability of the blockchain to the issuance process has already been confirmed as part of the RoboB (Blockchain-Based Issuance Order) research project. The joint project ran from 2018 to 2020 with the goal of mapping the exemption process for sea freight imports on the blockchain and thus making operations at the Port of Hamburg more efficient.

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Blockchain is counterfeit-resistant, decentralized and transparent

“Our solution to the digital exemption process is based on existing platforms and processes already widely used by participants in German seaports,” according to authorized Dacuse representative Dirk Gladiator. Combined with the optional extension of the blockchain, which is anti-counterfeiting, high requirements for access licenses and secure IT operations will be met, according to project managers.
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What is a blockchain?

A blockchain is a decentralized database that maintains an ever-growing list of transaction data records. The database is expanded linearly in chronological order, compared to the chain to which new items are constantly being added at the lower end – hence the term “blockchain”. When the block is complete, the next block is created. Each block contains a checksum of the previous block. This is supposed to protect the technology from tampering.