The Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) has released its definitions for Track and Trace (T&T) APIs in support of its data and interface standards published in January 2020.
In a statement, DCSA said the definitions are the result of careful design considerations and best practices form multiple carriers to ensure that the output of the API aligns with the logical flow of shipment events.
It explained that by using these APIs, shippers will be able to query carrier systems from any existing technology platform and receive T&T information in a common and easily consumable format.
The DCSA is a neutral, non-profit group founded by major ocean carriers to digitise and standardise the container shipping industry.
With the mission of leading the industry towards systematic collaboration, DCSA drives initiatives to make container transportation services transparent, reliable, easy to use, secure and environmentally friendly.
Its open source standards are developed based on input from DCSA member carriers, industry stakeholders and technology experts from other industries. DCSA member carriers include: MSC, Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, ONE, Evergreen, Yang Ming, HMM and ZIM.
Read more about the DCSA data standards here.