Port of Rotterdam extends Secure Chain rollout

Secure container collection from Africa, Middle East, India, and Pakistan now PIN-Free

The Port of Rotterdam has announced that container cargo from Africa, the Middle East, India and Pakistan will only be collected via the Secure Chain in the Port of Rotterdam.

From 1 October 2024, major shipping lines will no longer issue PIN codes.

Containers from these sailing areas will always be released via the new approach. Only hauliers, rail operators and barge operators previously authorised via the Secure Chain will be able to access the terminals.

The introduction for the regions of Africa, the Middle East, India and Pakistan constitutes the third phase in the rollout of the Secure Chain in Rotterdam. The new approach has already been in use for container cargo from Latin America since 1 April. North America will follow on 1 July.

The process of connecting companies with cargo from this sailing area is proceeding smoothly, according to the port. Ultimately, the Secure Chain will be used for the release of containers from all shipping areas.

All the major deepsea shipping lines have adopted the Secure Chain: CMA CGM, COSCO Shipping, Evergreen, Hapag-Lloyd (via Secure Container Release), HMM, Maersk, Marfret, MSC, ONE, OOCL, Yang Ming and ZIM.

READ: Port of Rotterdam introduces Secure Chain

Since its launch, almost 275,000 containers have been handled via the Secure Chain. Approximately 950 shippers/ship agents and 800 inland operators have already adopted the new, secure operational approach.

The initiative for connecting to the Secure Chain lies with the shipping lines; they will each approach their customers individually. Shippers and ship agents who do not want to wait can also proactively contact their shipping line. Doing so means they are immediately assured of a secure and reliable operational approach.

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The Secure Chain is a cooperation between the business community and authorities to digitally boost the resilience of the port logistics processes. One of its most significant components is the more secure and reliable release and collection of import containers in Dutch ports.

To a great degree, the Secure Chain works via the Port Community System of Portbase, the neutral logistics platform for the Dutch ports.

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