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IMO odessaIMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim notes Black Sea Grain Initiative implementation progress and vital role of seafarers.

Secretary-General Lim was able to gain first-hand experience of the Black Sea Grain Initiative and observe ship safety and port management is being implemented.

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has highlighted the significant progress on the implementation of Black Sea Grain Initiative and critical role of seafarers in delivering global trade, during a visit to Odesa, Ukraine.

In Odesa, on Monday (29 August), Secretary-General Lim was able to gain first-hand experience of the Black Sea Grain Initiative and hear how ship safety and port management is being implemented.

"I appreciate the UN and all other stakeholders for the establishment of the Black Sea Grain Initiative and its excellent implementation. The initiative has paved the way to allow significant volumes of grain exports to move from three key Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea," said Mr. Lim.

Secretary-General Lim boarded the MV Helga, one of the ships inspected under the Black Sea Grain Initiative and approved to journey to Odesa to pick up grains from Ukraine for export.

“I am deeply appreciative to see the strong commitment of the seafarers to support the Initiative. The safety and well-being of seafarers is my top priority. I am pleased that the designated maritime humanitarian corridor under the initiative is allowing seafarers to do their job and deliver vital foodstuffs. IMO instruments, including the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, underpin safe and secure shipping everywhere and especially through the Black Sea,” Mr. Lim said.

The IMO Secretary-General was hosted by Mr. Oleksandr Kubrakov, Minister of Infrastructure in the Government of Ukraine and the two had a fruitful discussion during the visit.

Since the start of the conflict in Ukraine, IMO’s priority has been to support the welfare of seafarers, recognizing that the need for international shipping to move freely and unhindered is critical to the continuous operation of global supply chains, for the benefit of all peoples of the world.

The Black Sea Grain Initiative specifically allows for significant volumes of foodstuffs. The Joint Coordination Centre has been established in Istanbul, with representatives from Ukraine, the Russian Federation, and Türkiye, under United Nations auspices, to coordinate the safe passage of ships of all flags. As of 1 September, the total tonnage of grain and other foodstuffs exported from the three Ukrainian ports is 1,677,396 metric tons. A total of 146 voyages (78 inbound and 68 outbound) have been enabled so far.  IMO provided legal and technical expertise to the Joint Coordination Centre to initiate its work..

“Procedures for Merchant Vessels” engaged in the Initiative are mandatory requirements pursuant to IMO’s International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Regulation XI-2/11 and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, Part A, section 4.2 and Part B, section 4.26, and as a condition of port entry or departure to or from the Ukrainian ports. 

Air Canada Envirotainer Air Canada Cargo will be the first Canadian operator to use the new live monitored, temperature-controlled certified aircraft containers, the Envirotainer Releye RLP and larger RAP, as part of the AC Absolute solution.

The Releye RLP and RAP containers are designed to meet the strictest requirements in pharmaceutical air freight. With their unsurpassed 170 hours of autonomy (more than one week) on a single battery charge, it will maintain the temperature and protect the cargo longer than any other available solution.

These containers enter service following the recent inauguration of Air Canada Cargo’s new cold chain handling facility at its Toronto Pearson International Airport hub, a testament to its continued focus on strong operational integrity and continued investment in cold chain infrastructure.

The Releye RLP and RAP containers are equipped with 18 integrated sensors that monitor important aspects during shipping, including their location, internal and external temperature, battery level, humidity, door openings, cargo loaded, and GPS so customers can track their shipments in real time.

Air Canada is CEIV Pharma certified by IATA, which signifies that the airline meets the highest standards of safety, security, compliance and efficiency in the transport of pharmaceuticals.

ethiopian B787Ethiopian Airlines, the largest carrier in Africa, and Travelport, a global technology company that powers bookings for hundreds of thousands of travel suppliers worldwide, announced a new agreement.

The renewed deal includes distribution on the Travelport+ platform, including New Distribution Capability (NDC) content from Ethiopian Airlines. This agreement expands the ongoing travel retailing and distribution relationship between Travelport and Ethiopian, who was ranked the number one airline within the African continent by Business Insider earlier this year.

Both companies are in the process of developing a strategic plan to provide agents access to NDC content and functionality from Ethiopian Airlines in the Travelport+ platform. As part of the agreement, Ethiopian Airlines will also become a new participant in Travelport’s Rich Content & Branding (RC&B) program. As a top 100 carrier booked through Travelport, the carrier is laying the foundation to ensure that Travelport connected agencies can access the most robust, enriched Ethiopian Airlines’ content following its current fleet expansion.

“As we are now investing in our ability to meet high demand for travel following the pandemic, it is crucial that we deepen our partnership with Travelport as they understand our need to efficiently deliver simplified access to our growing content,” said Lemma Yadecha, Chief Commercial Officer at Ethiopian Airlines. “Travelport’s enhanced multi-sourced content capabilities within the Travelport+ platform will help us to provide agents and their travelers with quick, easy access to highly relevant offers and more choices to fit their needs. Our expanded agreement with Travelport and Rich Content & Branding will further enable us to drive more value for our travelers through today’s modern travel retailing environment.”

David Gomes, Head of Regional Air Partners, EMEA at Travelport, says: “Our renewed, expanded agreement with Ethiopian Airlines to include NDC content and Travelport RC&B is a significant step in evolving and modernizing Ethiopian’s retailing strategy. Travelport+ was built to manage multiple sources of content and effectively merchandize personalized and dynamic offers, which will greatly benefit the agency community and provide a better experience for Ethiopian’s travellers.”

Qatar Airways Next Generation The world as we know it, is changing.

The pandemic has challenged long-serving, traditional structures and work processes. Digitalisation is finally taking off within the air cargo industry, and the past two years have shown that resilience, courage, and embracing change yield the best results. These elements have led to the emergence of the Next Generation approach which induces a corporate mindset shift. Thanks to its many dedicated employees across the world, Qatar Airways Cargo demonstrated agility, innovation, and flexibility in the face of this extraordinary period in which the air cargo industry, as a whole, experienced major upheaval. It is this positive disruption within a crisis that Qatar Airways Cargo intends to apply to all aspects of its business.

“The future is in every decision we take – be it in technology, sustainability, diversity, the new generation of employees joining our company, our products and services, and how we approach our business in general. Every move we make has consequences, and we consciously endeavour to ensure that it yields the best results for our customers and the regions we serve.” Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways, stated. “We have a responsibility as the world's leading airline and with Next Generation we are taking our industry to the next level. There has never been a better time to set entirely new standards. We are shaping the air cargo industry of tomorrow – one that combines digital efficiencies with a unique, professional human touch. Next Generation has a clear vision to develop employees’ talents, to fully utilise digital potential, and to take a fresh, innovative approach to the business of air cargo.”

Qatar Airways Cargo will be unveiling digital enhancements and new products in the course of this year. The Next Generation launch is accompanied by a strong new logo in the airline’s corporate colours. Alongside the already familiar WeQare logo denoting Qatar Airways Cargo’s sustainability initiatives, the Next Generation logo represents the company’s core focus: an unparalleled air cargo mindset. Qatar Airways Cargo is crossing thresholds into a new way of doing business, hence the emphasised X in the word NeXt. This cross also acts as an arrow pointing to the future and to an even higher level of quality and service. With the shift to Next Generation, every Qatar Airways Cargo product has been allocated its own identifying colour. These colours are incorporated in the logo whenever the particular product is featured.

Qatar Airways Cargo’s website relaunch is a further visible implementation of Next Generation. The emphasis here is on an intuitive, inviting, and optimal customer experience. In providing visually appealing, precise and clear information and fast navigation, the design responds to modern user requirements. More digital solutions and new products are being developed under the Next Generation strategy.

Luka Koper 2022The Luka Koper Group performed well in the first half of 2022 and achieved very good operating results.

Net sales revenue increased by 35% compared to the first half of the previous year and amounted to EUR 155.1 million. All financial indicators were exceeded. Realized throughput in the first half of this year amounted to 11.7 million tons, up 13% compared to last year.

Containers continue to dominate among the commodity groups, despite the fact that this segment has been heavily affected by irregular ship arrivals from congested Chinese ports, which has the effect of delaying normal land cargo shipments at the ports. The Container Terminal has successfully coped with the new situation, achieving 3% growth in the first half of the year with 526,500 TEUs handled. The general cargoes segment recorded a notable 25% increase in throughput, mainly due to higher volumes of steel products and rubber. The Liquid Cargo Terminal achieved a significant 41% increase in throughput, while the dry bulk and bulk cargoes segment saw a 20% increase in throughput. Positive trends are also continuing at the Car Terminal, where 367,332 cars were handled in the first half of the year, an increase of 11% compared to the same period last year. The increase is particularly significant in the handling of electric vehicles.

The excellent operating results of the Luka Koper Group are also reflected in the net sales revenues achieved. They exceeded the net sales revenues of the first half of 2021 by EUR 40.4 million, or 35%, and amounted to EUR 155.1 million. The increase was mainly driven by higher warehousing income, due to the increased dwell time of goods, but was also influenced by price increases and increased volumes of handling and auxiliary services.

Operating expenses also increased by 11% in the first half of the year, mainly due to a general increase in the cost of materials and services, but this had no impact on the Group’s EBIT, which, at EUR 48 million, was 170% higher than the EBIT achieved in the same period last year. The Group’s net profit of EUR 41.5 million was 169% higher than in the first half of the previous year.

The Luka Koper Group continues its activities in the field of investments. In 2022, it started to implement some major investments in the Container Terminal area, which represents a new development cycle for this most important strategic segment. In the first half of 2022, a total of EUR 31.9 million was invested.

DHL Formula E DHL and the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship completed Season 8 earlier this month at the Hana Bank Seoul E-Prix in South Korea.

They announced the winner of the first DHL & Formula E Together Green Award: Monica de Russis from "Amigos en el Camino", crowned as the "Together Green Global Hero". The award recognizes local heroes who have contributed significantly to a more sustainable and/or social world through their organizations. This final race of the season also marked the 100th Formula E race - and, therefore, the 100th race delivered by DHL. With their expertise in sustainable logistics, DHL decarbonized all of Formula E's road and sea transport during the entirety of Season 8.

Monica de Russis is the president of the Argentinian organization, "Amigos en el Camino" (Friends on the Road). She organizes a big team of volunteers that go out to the streets of Buenos Aires six days a week to give food, hot coffee and soup, clothes, blankets, and a friendly chat to homeless people. Monica has been helping homeless people for around ten years, feeding over 1,000 individuals weekly. The prize money will be invested in paying for the rent of their storage facility and base of operations and buying materials for the construction of portable shelters, for example, or coats that can be converted into sleeping bags.

"The DHL & Formula E Together Green Award is meant to call attention to heroes like Monica and hopefully amplify the impact she is having. Together with Formula E we have found an initiative that has stood out for its strong commitment," says Arjan Sissing, Head of Group Brand Marketing at Deutsche Post DHL Group.

"Monica really makes a difference in the world with "Amigos en el Camino" and helps people in need so selflessly. It's individuals like her, with their everyday engagement and commitment, who are crucial to moving the needle," says Julia Palle, Sustainability Director at Formula E, who was also one of the four judges to pick the winner.

DHL has the exclusive rights for the DHL & Formula E Together Green Award, selecting sustainability heroes across the globe at each ABB FIA Formula E World Championship race country. Throughout the season, a local hero was recognized for their positive action in building a more sustainable future either environmentally and/or socially. The three finalists attended the Hana Bank Seoul E-Prix and had the opportunity to pitch their cases to the four judges: Julia Palle, Formula E Sustainability Director; Ana Cabello, Formula E Senior Partnership Manager; Byungkoo Han, DHL Express Country Manager, South Korea; and Veronica Sanchez, DHL Senior Global Sponsoring Manager. The primary winner receives a EUR 10,000 grant, while both runners-ups, Joshua Aquinde from Hawaii and Laurah John from Saint Lucia, receive a EUR 1,000 grant.

The E-Prix in Seoul was the 100th Formula E race, therefore also being the 100th race delivered by DHL. DHL has safely transported Formula E to 24 cities in 14 countries across 6 continents, delivering over 200 Formula E race cars and batteries since inception in 2014. In 2022 alone, DHL transported over 415 tons of cargo over 70,000 kilometers around the world to support Formula E. As a leading logistics expert, DHL continuously focuses on transport solutions that minimize the environmental impact and contribute to lowering the carbon emissions of the Formula E championship. This is be done by using sustainable biofuels for road and sea freight, for example, and a multi-modal transport approach that maximizes efficiency.

"Formula E has delivered 100 races in eight seasons, and together with our trusted teams and partners, we have evolved the most futuristic electric race cars, raced in the heart of many of the world's most iconic cities and attracted a large and growing global fanbase. DHL is an important partner for us in this journey with years of expertise and tailored solutions, helping us to push the boundaries of sustainability in world class motorsport," says Jamie Reigle, CEO of Formula E.

"DHL has been by Formula E's side from the beginning, sharing the same mission for a better, cleaner future. We take care of every little detail so that the teams and drivers can perform at their best and racing fans all over the world can enjoy the experience - while still thinking about the environment", adds Sissing.

Sustainability is an important pillar in Deutsche Post DHL Group's strategy. In line with its sustainability roadmap, the Group aims to invest EUR 7 billion in clean operations and climate-neutral logistics solutions by 2030. The money will be invested in purchasing and developing sustainable fuels, electrifying the last-mile fleet and building new climate-friendly buildings.

SEKO new appointments SEKO Logistics is signaling their next phase of international airfreight growth with two global appointments to leverage opportunities from client demand for critical products, expansion of cross-border ecommerce, and new business from acquired companies.

Christopher Gregg joins SEKO as Senior Vice President Global Airfreight from his previous role as Vice President Airfreight, North America, at Hellmann Worldwide Logistics. His experience spans airfreight management roles with C.H. Robinson, Kuehne + Nagel, and Expeditors International. At SEKO, he is based in Atlanta, in recognition of the city’s role as a global airfreight hub, and its strategic importance to SEKO going forward.

Shawn Richard, appointed as SEKO’s first VP of Global Airfreight in 2018, has also been promoted to Senior Vice President International Service Centers (ISCs) and will remain based in New York. Richard joined SEKO four years ago, having formerly worked with DHL Global Forwarding, Geodis, and Delta Airlines.

SEKO has been transitioning from their legacy Airfreight Gateway structure to operational International Service Centers - which has facilitated and enabled tremendous growth in airfreight and ecommerce shipping service offerings.

SEKO’s USA ISCs are currently operating in JFK and LAX and will be expanding into several other key markets over the next 6-12 months. SEKO ISCs are critical for ecommerce and air freight operations as they are Certified Cargo Screening Facilities (CCSF), as well as an acting import CFS for inbound parcels from Europe and Asia. With a global remit to optimize SEKO’s current ISCs and to implement further ISCs across the U.S. and globally to meet the service requirements of airfreight clients.

These key global roles will enable SEKO to “structure and grow our global airfreight product, build our global airfreight team, and drive our airfreight focus in the U.S., Asia Pacific and Europe,” said Steen Christensen, who joined the company in June as Chief Operating Officer – International to lead SEKO’s Air and Ocean freight product growth.

“Strengthening our airfreight leadership team with new people and new roles reflects the increasing importance this product is having on our organization. As we expand geographically – both organically and through acquisitions – we must have the appropriate leadership in place to manage the future development and expansion of our airfreight products. These new appointments for Chris and Shawn support the needs of our customers and airline partners, the growth of our volumes, and the new business we are gaining,” he stated. “Airfreight is one of our fastest-growing products, particularly as it pertains to our position in Asia Pacific and Europe. This is being driven largely by the significant cross-border ecommerce growth we are helping our clients to achieve.”

SEKO will also be growing their carrier partnerships. “We will continue to build our strong carrier relationships, while making room for new carriers to participate in our business going forward. We will also be working with carriers on products which are aligned to our sustainability goals over the coming years,” Steen said.

port of sohar hutchison terminalSOHAR Freezone has signed a land lease agreement with Integrated Solutions Plant and Land Services (FZC) LLC for 15,000 sqm within the Freezone to establish a liquid fertilizer plant.

The project represents an investment of OMR 2.2 million and it includes the potential for future expansion which would see the plant produce ammonium sulphate to strengthen Oman’s export sector, especially in Pakistan and Tanzania.

Omar bin Mahmood Al Mahrizi, CEO of SOHAR Freezone, and Deputy CEO of SOHAR Port said, “The addition of a new liquid fertilizer plant, in partnership with Integrated Solutions Plant and Land Services (FZC) LLC, enhances SOHAR ability to serve the local, regional, and global markets with high-quality agents for industrial production. SOHAR can offer companies in all sectors a world-class integrated logistics and industrial hub with direct shipping to key markets and broadening our tenant profile to Egypt for the first time is a key step in our ongoing expansion.”

Hussein Amin, Partner at Integrated Solutions Plant and Land Services (FZC) LLC, added, “We are delighted to establish a presence at SOHAR with the 15,000 sqm space within SOHAR Freezone, which will help us expand operations and reach new clients in developing markets. Integrated Solutions Plant and Land Services is at the forefront of producing high-grade, organic liquid fertilizer in support of growing populations and increasing needs in this sector. SOHAR represents an opportunity to connect with customers worldwide using established shipping lines and trade agreements.”

SOHAR Port and Freezone is an engine for economic diversification, sustainability, and investment in order to meet Oman’s development goals. The fully integrated industrial and logistics hub offering a wealth of attractive incentives to make doing business easier and more efficient. Businesses benefit from 100% foreign ownership, attractive local labor requirements, 0% import or export duties and 0% income tax, and the on-site One-Stop-Shop service is available to assist with the acquisition of all necessary registration, licenses, and visas. SOHAR Port operates a custom clearing service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is linked to the Freezone by a bonded transport corridor that allows goods to travel between Port and Freezone within 14 minutes.

maersk charlotte pride festivalMaersk’s rainbow 40’ container - one of 19 containers (and growing) that are deployed in the company’s global operations participated in the Charlotte Pride Parade on Sunday, August 21.

Maersk maintains a fleet of specially-painted rainbow containers which participate in DEI events around the world. The rainbow containers have appeared in Pride events and parades this summer in Copenhagen, Denmark; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Vienna, Austria; Warsaw, Poland; Genoa, Italy; Zurich, Switzerland; Chennai, India; Santiago, Chile; Guayaquil, Ecuador and Lima, Peru amongst others.

On Friday, August 19th the rainbow container was at the Maersk Charlotte office on 9300 Arrowpoint Boulevard as part of an employee event featuring local North Carolina barbeque food, a taco truck and music for employees – who were able to go inside the container to sign their names in support of the initiative. For both this event and the parade, the Maersk rainbow container was mounted to a Pride-decorated 40 foot chassis provided by DCLI, the largest supplier of chassis equipment to the U.S. intermodal industry.

"Maersk is proud to demonstrate our commitment to DEI which are core principles of our company working environment. Maersk’s rainbow containers have served as a symbol of inclusion and diversity, boldly sharing with the world the company’s stand on creating a culture where all employees, partners, and customers feel welcomed and can be themselves without judgment." Derrick Shirley, Maersk North America’s Regional Head of HR Business Partners, based in Charlotte.

Mr. Shirley accompanied the container in the Charlotte Pride Parade on Sunday as executive sponsor.

Back in July 2020, two Maersk containers were skillfully painted in the United States with a rainbow to join Maersk’s fleet and embarked on their first World Tour. The first part of the journey was aboard the Maersk Edmonton from APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles to Yokohama, Japan. The containers stopped at several locations across Asia and Europe, before finally ending their tour in Denmark for the Copenhagen Pride parade in 2021.

During their World Tour, the containers have been made available to A.P. Moller-Maersk employees during strategic points in the journey for them to sign – and around the world, many have taken the chance to share their hopes for a future of improved diversity and inclusion.

The rainbow fleet of containers are part of Maersk’s working global container fleet and deployments have included humanitarian aid to hurricane survivors in Louisiana on September 6, 2020. APM Terminals Mobile, Alabama, the Alabama State Port Authority, Maersk Special Projects & Team Rubicon worked together collect over 36,000 lbs. of water, non-perishable food and other emergency supplies for distribution to victims of Hurricane Laura in communities surrounding Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Maersk’s clients have also showed interest in the use of these rainbow containers to move their goods around the world, and during the tour they have visited numerous customer sites for employee events.

"The response from our customers has been overwhelming, with many wanting to be part of the tour and others asking for more rainbow containers." Rob Townley
Global Head of Special Project Logistics Growth Enablement in Washington D.C., and one of the initiators of the World Tour.

In Charlotte, Maersk employs 1000+ people (and growing) along with APM Terminals North America, representing the company’s largest office in Maersk North America's network of 50 offices and 10,000 colleagues.

Los Angeles C40 Shanghai The San Pedro Bay ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have released a final report on the current state and overall feasibility of using clean cargo-handling equipment technology, while working toward the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Update’s 2030 goal of a zero-emissions cargo-handling fleet.

The final 2021 feasibility assessment for cargo-handling equipment is available on the Clean Air Action Plan website, posted here.

The ports released a draft assessment in March 2022 for public review and comment. It built upon the inaugural 2018 assessment and examined the current state of technology, operational characteristics, economic considerations, infrastructure availability, and commercial readiness related to cleaner cargo-handling equipment. The final report addresses feedback from a diverse group of stakeholders.

Updated in 2017, the CAAP contains a comprehensive strategy to accelerate progress toward a zero-emissions future while protecting and strengthening the ports’ competitive position in the global economy. As part of this strategy, the ports committed to developing feasibility assessments every three years for terminal equipment and drayage trucks to inform their approach to meeting those goals.

Currently, the ports are demonstrating 56 pieces of cargo-handling equipment, including zero-emissions yard tractors, top handlers, forklifts, and rubber-tired gantry cranes, and 16 class 8 on-road trucks, including hybrid, battery-electric, and hydrogen fuel cell technologies, with a number of additional terminal equipment and on-road trucks to be commissioned by the end of the year. The ports plan to continue demonstrating advanced technologies to accelerate the adoption of clean cargo-handling equipment at the nation’s busiest seaport complex.

Since 2005, port-related air pollution emissions in San Pedro Bay have dropped 90% for diesel particulate matter, 63% for nitrogen oxides and 97% for sulfur oxides. Targets for reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) from port-related sources were introduced as part of the 2017 CAAP Update. The document calls for the ports to reduce GHGs to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. The CAAP was originally approved in 2006.

DAKOSY anniversary DAKOSY, Hamburg's original start-up for digitalization, is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Driven by the port industry, DAKOSY was founded in 1982 with the aim of staying ahead of competition from other seaports as a "faster port." With its numerous IT platforms, DAKOSY is now an established digitalizer for neutral logistics solutions far beyond the city limits of the Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

The widespread acceptance in the industry is reflected by the significant number of users. In the port of Hamburg, more than 2,500 enterprises from port operations, logistics, manufacturing and trade as well as many public authorities are connected to DAKOSY’s Port Community System. At Frankfurt Airport, the cargo community platform FAIR@link, which has been in operation since 2015, counts over 700 participants. Another important pillar is contributed by smart solutions in the areas of customs and forwarding, with more than 2,000 freight forwarders, industry and trading companies in Europe who work with these solutions daily.

"All applications are based on the principle of recording transport chain data only once, and then making it available at the earliest possible time – an idea that has been fundamental to us since 1982," explains board member Dieter Spark. This enables the parties involved to optimize the planning of their capacities at transshipment points and for the pre-carriage and onward carriage, as well as process-oriented automation for authorities and customs declarations.

DAKOSY received a boost in the establishment of Hamburg’s Port Community System with the introduction of the IT platform ZAPP (Customs Export Monitoring in the Paperless Port), which was created together with the port industry and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg in 1997. "As soon as the main customs office had agreed upon the one-hundred percent electronic provision of export data, all loading forwarders and exporters had to be connected within a very short time," says DAKOSY board member Dieter Spark, citing one of the biggest challenges. Within a few months, the platform was established and soon it seemed that hardly anyone could remember how the port had previously functioned without ZAPP.

Another milestone for DAKOSY was its entry into air cargo logistics. Following the example of the Port Community System at the Port of Hamburg, the software provider began to build a digital cargo community platform at Frankfurt Airport in 2009. DAKOSY CEO Ulrich Wrage points out the gains in efficiency that have been achieved since then: "For example, when all parties involved use our platform for their imports, air freight shipments can be handled at the airport and delivered to customers up to 50 percent faster than in 2009." The Cargo Community System allows full integration of a wide range of requirements - from slot booking and door control to automation of customs processes.

Looking ahead to the next several years, Wrage and Spark expect high potential for the networking of IT platforms along transport chains. "Real-time chain transparency is needed to be able to react immediately to any disruptions and thus prevent production stoppages or delays," asserts Wrage. The two board members have identified significant added value for the company in the areas of networking with other ports and the integration of cargo loading and infrastructure data.

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