Port of Rotterdam introduces Quay Connect blockchain technology

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The Port of Rotterdam has introduced Quay Connect – a new blockchain technology to make customs procedures from the Netherlands to the UK easier.

The service allows for the automatic exchange of information with customs authorities at ports in the United Kingdom, enabling exporters to have the full ability to digitalise and streamline the export and customs process.

The first live shipment has already been carried out and it is believed that the solution will save at least 30% of the cost of each customs clearance.

Quay Connect was initiated by Blocklab and developed alongside Azarc and BT. Furthermore, the service which makes the secure and direct exchange of data with customs authorities in the UK possible is based on the Naviporta platform which all stakeholders on both sides of the North Sea are linked to.

A recent pilot showed that using this solution resulted in:

  • Cost savings of at least 30%
  • Faster and more efficient processing of documents and goods – at least 20% faster
  • Less manual work
  • Lower risk of errors
  • Better insight into the status of the cargo
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Following this successful pilot, ABC Logistics is using the digital service, marking Quay Connect’s first official client on the Naviporta platform.

“Quay Connect is a game-changer for the whole industry, but especially for companies that export fresh goods to the UK. This digital service fosters trust, transparency and greater efficiency in the logistics chain that focuses on exports to the UK,” said Daco Sol, Programme Manager Logistics & Supply Chain at GroentenFruit Huis.

The service is currently being expanded to include the export of several types of freight and is being made available to all UK ports.

In the Netherlands, work is being done to integrate the service with the Port Community System, Portbase. This aims to further reduce data entry, resulting in less work, a reduction in the risk of errors and shorter processing times for Dutch companies operating on the English market.

Raoul Tan, Director of Naviporta, added “By working with the market to apply new technologies, we are making the port and international trade flows smarter and more efficient. This lets us minimise all forms of waste in terms of time, money, manpower and emissions.”

The Port of Rotterdam has also recently launched its Secure Data Sharing Programme through its PCS Portbase in a bid to further its cybersecurity efforts.

Peter de Graaf, Managing Director of Portbase, explained, “This programme focuses on a chain-wide approach, with concrete solutions to make the information exchange between the different links in the container logistics chain more secure.”

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