GSBN, Kaleris collaborate to expand access to digital supply chain solutions

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Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN), an independent technology consortium, has announced a collaboration with Kaleris, a supply chain technology solutions provider.

Kaleris’ premier brand of terminal operating systems, Navis, is deployed by more than 500 terminals around the world.

By connecting GSBN to the Kaleris’ Execution and Visibility Platform, terminals leveraging Navis Terminal Operating System (TOS) solutions can have a pre-configured point of integration to support applications on top of GSBN’s infrastructure.

Kaleris’ Execution and Visibility Platform is a cloud-based logistics solution that optimises the movement of goods.

The Kaleris Execution and Visibility Platform will directly connect to GSBN’s Earliest Receiving Date (ERD) app, which addresses the traditional challenge of tracking ERDs due to its ever-changing nature, a frequent cause of detention and demurrage charge disputes.

An ERD is an essential piece of information for the logistics industry which helps moves containers from one place to another.

By employing blockchain technology in the ERD app, GSBN offers exporters a single location to access immutable, up-to-date, and accurate ERD data.

When used for invoicing by carriers, it also helps reduce disputes between parties, according to GSBN.

READ: GSBN partners with Decentriq

Kaleris will leverage GSBN’s network to provide new solutions for Beneficial Cargo Owners (BCOs) that tackle the increasingly complex challenges of a global supply chain, such as unpredictable dwell time, congestion, and volatility.

A BCO is an importer who uses its own logistical resources to take control of a shipment at the destination rather than using a third-party source like a freight forwarder.

BCOs and shipping lines will have access to their own applications in the Execution and Visibility Platform.

Speaking at the TPM Tech Conference, Bertrand Chen, CEO of GSBN, said: “Blockchain technology is playing an increasingly important role in bringing together trusted data to enable more resilient and efficient global supply chains. 

“Our collaboration with Kaleris is a major milestone supporting this by building bridges between terminals using Navis solutions and stakeholders across the extended supply chain,” Chen added.

This announcement comes just over a month after GSBN announced that COSCO Shipping Specialized Carriers has joined the consortium and has successfully issued the first electronic bill of lading (eBL) for bulk cargo.

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