The national public information platform for transport and logistics of the People’s Republic of China, LOGINK, has officially joined the International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA).
The membership agreement took place at the Port Technology International Smart Digital Ports (SDP) Conference held in Rotterdam on 5-6 November.
Since 2017 LOGINK and the IPCSA have been working together to develop innovative IT solutions for trade facilitation and cooperation on technical issues.
Dr Sun, Director General of LOGINK, said: “We have worked closely with IPCSA for the past two years, including on our project to support the Belt and Road Initiative. The Logistics Visibility Task Force will continue its efforts to simplify logistics visibility in a standardised way, to test these with actual data, and to provide updates to the wider logistics community.”
LOGINK’s mission covers three broad areas: standard setting, information interchanging and data services. LOGINK is instructed by the Chinese Ministry of Transport, China Transport Telecommunications and Information Center (CTTIC).
LOGINK develops technical standards for logistics information and sharing and has published “Standards for transportation logistics information interconnection & sharing”.
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The group also provides data interchange services to support efficient information sharing for the supply chain based on its information sharing standard. Meanwhile, LOGINK also provides a ‘one-stop’ enquiry service for for public logistics information and provides data resources covering 23 catalogues of logistics public information to support Big Data applications.
LOGINK is also on of three partners in the North East Asia Logistics Information Service Network (NEAL-NET) which also includes Japan and South Korea.
In cooperation with IPCSA, LOGINK has expanded its logistics information sharing service to Europe; it has connected the Port of Barcelona, Port of Abu Dhabi and is working in cooperation with the ports of Antwerp, Rotterdam, Bremen and Hamburg. In addition, a logistics information sharing network along the Belt and Road Initiative region is under construction.
“We are delighted to welcome LOGINK as a new member of the International Port Community Systems Association,” said IPCSA secretary general Richard Morton.
“In signing our MoU two years ago, both IPCSA and LOGINK recognized that we had many things in common. Since then, we have worked together on logistics data and the exchange of that information across the world. We are proud of our achievements so far and will continue to work across our membership to develop new integrated solutions for trade facilitation.”