The Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) has launched a programme to allow solution and service providers to validate adoption of standards based on the DCSA Self-certification Checklist (SCC).
According to a statement, the DCSA Adopter Programme will enable customers of container shipping as well as other industry stakeholders to streamline vendor selection when seeking standards-based, interoperable solutions.
Additionally, the DCSA said organisations that have adopted a DCSA standard can complete the corresponding DCSA SCC, which reflects requirements for successful integration of a DCSA standard into a product, facility or service.
The first standards to be available for the Adopter Programme are the DCSA Standard for the Bill of Lading 1.0 (part of the DCSA electronic documentation initiative) and Track & Trace 1.2. Checklists for other DCSA standards suitable for the Adopter Programme will be added in the future.
Any organisation in the market for solutions or services can request evidence of DCSA standards adoption in an industry-wide standard format (the DCSA SCC) when issuing RFIs, RFPs and tender requests.
In turn, vendors responding will be able to provide pre-filled documents along with the outputs of DCSA API tools demonstrating their adopter status.
Jordi Espin Vallbona, Strategic Relations Manager, European Shippers’ Council, said, “The work DCSA is doing is necessary to move the industry toward greater visibility and reliability for our members and shippers around the world.
“Like DCSA, we are committed to furthering digital transformation of the container shipping industry, and over the coming year we intend to drive activities with our members in conjunction with DCSA in support of our mutual goals.
“We are thrilled to see that they’ve launched a free program for anyone who wants to publicly demonstrate adoption of their standards.
“This will make it easy for our members to choose carriers, freight forwarders, solutions providers and other stakeholders that offer standards-based services and solutions.”
Thomas Bagge, DCSA CEO, also commented, “The Adopter Programme is our starting point for creating clarity around what constitutes successful standards adoption.
“We also wanted to focus on high priorities for shippers, such as eBL and Track & Trace, while keeping the programme free and easy for everyone to use.”
Kenneth Lim, Assistant Chief Executive (Industry) of Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, was quoted as saying, “In our recent call-for-proposal to pilot and adopt electronic bills of lading, we identified DCSA’s standards on data and processes relating to bill of lading preparation and issuance as a set of relevant guidelines for carriers and technology solution providers to adopt.”