MSC has launched the world’s first ID-based container pick-up, following a successful test phase with Van Moer Logistics and MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET), Antwerp, in 2022.
The ID-based pick-up process is part of the ongoing rollout of Secure Container Release (SCR) at MPET.
The SCR allows MSC containers to be collected at the terminal by scanning the haulier’s Alfapass, biometric data, and specific Truck Appointment Reference (TAR) code at the In-Gate, instead of using a PIN code.
MSC expects this to significantly improve security across the supply chain as this combined approach makes the pick-up process more secure and efficient.
Technology experts, T-Mining, invested more than five years developing and testing the underlying blockchain technology, used by SCR.
The project is now entering the final phase of its rollout, the objective of which is to enable a completely pin code free, secure process for container release.
MSC and MPET are currently the only companies to have reached this final stage.
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According to MSC, from 1 June, taking out a container at MPET will no longer be possible with a pin code.
MSC have stated that it will be necessary for everyone involved in the supply chain to prepare accordingly and make it possible to transfer the release of a container through SCR.
By transferring the container release rights directly, instead of downloading a pin code, SCR is in line with current harbour police regulation in Antwerp, and the ID-based pick-up technology is further future-proofed by integrating biometric information into the collection process.
This announcement comes in the same month that MSC signed an agreement with DB Schenker for the use of 12,000 metric tonnes of biofuel components for all of DB Schenker’s consolidated cargo.