DCSA updates Track and Trace standards

Aerial photo of a loaded container ship leaving port.

The Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) has released 1.2 of the Track and Trace Interface Standards and added a push model for data distribution.

In a statement, the DCSA said the new feature allows customers to subscribe to updates and have updated Track and Trace data sent to them, making it even easier to track their cargo.

In addition, the DCSA said Interface Standards release 1.2 provides the following three updates:

– ‘Event Type’ has been added to ‘Event’ outputs. This parameter differentiates between event types, such as Shipment, Equipment, Transport and Transport Equipment.

– ‘Mode of Transport’ has been added to ‘Transport Event’ and ‘Transport Equipment Event’ outputs.

– ‘Booking Reference’ as an identifier for shipment(s) has changed to be optional in ‘Event’ outputs.

The DCSA, a coalition of major ocean carriers including Maersk, MSC and Hapag-Lloyd among others who work to digitise shipping, released the definitions of its Track and Trace standards in February 2020.

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