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Why Standards Matter

Richard Morton and Nico De Cauwer examine the ongoing challenge of standardization and explain why it is so important for the industry.

You have probably noticed the current trend for dismissing experts and claiming that the detail isn’t important. It may be unfashionable to say so, but expertise and detail really do matter.

In the field of shipping, transport and trade, these are the factors that underpin the smooth running of millions of supply chains.

In the rush towards digitalization, we are increasingly hearing claims that 'there are no data standards being utilized’. That is completely false.

Richard Morton, Secretary General, International Port Community Systems Association; Nico De Cauwer, Business Architect Digitalisation & Port Community Projects, Port of Antwerp

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