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Egypt authorizes CargoX as the BDT gateway service provider

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Egypt authorizes CargoX as the blockchain document transfer gateway for ACI. Image: CargoX
Egypt authorizes CargoX as the blockchain document transfer gateway for ACI. Image: CargoX
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The Government of Egypt, through its Egyptian Customs Authorities, has made mandatory Advance Cargo Information (ACI) declarations with its new Egyptian Customs law #207 for all cargo inbound to Egypt starting on 1 July 2021. The process is managed through the National Single Window for Foreign Trade platform  (NAFEZA), built by Misr Technology Systems (MTS), and CargoX is authorized as the Bockchain Document Transfer (BDT) gateway service provider.

Nafeza single window platform by MTS

Misr Technology Services “MTS” set up the National Single Window for Foreign Trade platform (Nafeza) under the mandate of the Ministry of Finance of Egypt in 2020. MTS has now been mandated to design an ACI documentation process, and the CargoX Platform for Blockchain Document Transfer (BDT) has been authorized as the blockchain service provider for immutably registering and transferring the shipping documents with Ethereum technology.

MTS implemented a national platform that covers Egyptian airports, seaports, land ports, dry ports, and free zones in compliance with international standards and best practices.

The National Single Window for Foreign Trade Facilitation “NAFEZA” is an integrated information platform. It was built to integrate and coordinate procedures and information exchange between all parties involved in Egypt’s foreign trade system. It allows the business and the trade community to submit all documents and transactions for customs, control authorities, and ports.

The data is submitted only once through an online portal to fulfill all regulatory requirements related to the release of goods. The platform operates in accordance with the international standards of trade-related procedures and customs requirements for the clearance of goods, to convert Egypt into “One Logistical Area”. ACI filing is just one of the numerous services provided by NAFEZA.

Captain Ossama Al Sharif, CEO and Chairman of MTS said, “Egypt is proud of its maritime heritage, and we see technological advancements as a driving force of global trade and shipping security, and digitalization and data visibility are essential for better efficiency and transparency.

These two leading technological companies working hand in hand will offer a revolutionary solution for the whole region,” Al Sharif explained.

Mr. Stefan Kukman, CEO of CargoX said, “We are proud to have been chosen by MTS as a strategic partner to provide the key neutral blockchain technology for improving security in the global trade lanes that run through Egypt,” and added, “we believe this is the beginning of a great partnership.”

Mr. Gamal Kotb, General Manager of Misr Technology Systems said, “We have built the single window system (Nafeza) for trade facilitation in record time, relying on technology and service providers such as CargoX.”

Kotb added: “We believe blockchain technology is changing many industries at once – and we are proud that Egypt is yet again a global innovator and a key reference for modernization.”

Mr. Vjeran Ortynski, Chief Business Development Officer at CargoX said, “Governments and companies with a strong digitalization agenda are showing the way for all the rest to follow while gaining a strategic advantage.”

Ortynski continued “The Advance Cargo Information functionality builds on the immutability and tamper-proof concept of our public blockchain technology while providing real-time transparency and auditability where it naturally fits – in moving goods between countries or continents”.

Egypt leading the way

Egypt, the most populous country in the Middle East, has traditionally been a key state in the global shipping industry. It provides a vital artery to global trade, namely the Suez Canal. The country is strategically developing its maritime transport sector with the most advanced modern technologies to serve the average container port throughput of approximately 6.5M TEU.

The Government of Egypt is one of the first in the world to implement ACI with the use of blockchain technology in such a way to exhibit unparalleled dedication to technological advancement in the maritime shipping industry and customs clearance technology.

ACI processing with the CargoX Platform

CargoX has upgraded its award-winning CargoX Platform for Blockchain Document Transfer (BDT) with Advance Cargo Information manifestation capabilities according to the requirements of the WCO SAFE Framework-compliant process, as introduced by the Government of Egypt.

For the needs of the Egyptian Customs Authority and in partnership with MTS, CargoX will act as a gateway for blockchain document transfer, including ACI declaration envelopes, bills of lading, and other original documents required.

Using the CargoX Platform for ACI allows customs authorities to stop relying on declarations from importers. Instead, each document can be easily traced back to its origin, directly to the issuer, thanks to the CargoX technology based on the public blockchain.

ACI filing price shall be set at USD 50.00, with a grace period until the end of April 2021, and the fee applying as of May 1st, 2021.

Egypt ACI requirement provisions

The Egyptian Customs Authority, part of the Ministry of Finance, has put into effect the new Egyptian Customs law #207 in November 2020.

The ACI declaration shall be made mandatory as of 1 July 2021. Once registered on the NAFEZA platform, companies involved in the shipping process can receive the Advanced Cargo Information Declaration number (ACID). The ACID shall be stipulated on all shipping documents sent through the CargoX Platform, as well as the identification numbers of the parties to the bill of lading.

If the ACID is not included in the shipping documents, the goods will not be cleared and will be returned without discharge at the Egyptian ports.

About the Advance Cargo Information

A standardized, modern Advance Cargo Information process, compliant with the World Customs Organization SAFE Framework – updated with ACI in 2018 – provides customs authorities with information about cargo even before it arrives at the country of import. This enables the customs authorities to assess potential risks, streamline their workflows, support pre-clearance of shipments, and conduct documentation checks even before shipments depart from the country of origin.

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Höegh Autoliners onboard more vessels to Kongsberg Digital’s Vessel Insight

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Höegh Autoliners onboard more vessels to Kongsberg Digital’s Vessel Insight. Image: Kongsberg
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Höegh Autoliners has elected to onboard four additional vessels to a joint digital solution combining KONGSBERG’s Vessel Insight and MAN Energy Solutions’ PrimeServ Assist. Following the signing of a digitalization partnership between Kongsberg Digital and MAN Energy Solutions in May 2020, the combined infrastructure was initially trialed by Höegh in a two-vessel pilot project which has now successfully completed.

The agreement between MAN Energy Solutions and Kongsberg Digital came about as the companies realized that their separate efforts in the maritime digitalization space were complementary. Kongsberg Digital’s Vessel Insight – a cost efficient data infrastructure solution for the maritime market – is a natural match with MAN PrimeServ Assist digital solution for optimization of engine use and maintenance. After entering a strategic digitalization partnership, they undertook the delivery of a joint digital infrastructure to Höegh Autoliner’s Horizon class sister-vessels Höegh Trotter and Höegh Traveller. The pilot completion is formalized, and the project has been successful.

“We are very pleased with the results of the pilot project with Höegh and MAN Energy Solutions,” says Andreas Jagtøyen, EVP Digital Ocean, Kongsberg Digital. “The joint digital infrastructure allows the operator to monitor vessel assets and check the running conditions of the engines remotely from shore, in order to give decision-making support to the ship’s crew. Also, the Vessel Performance application from the Kognifai Marketplace gives Höegh tools for reducing fuel consumption and unnecessary running of equipment, as well as benchmarking performance between vessels. We are happy that Höegh has decided to roll Vessel Insight, MAN PrimeServ Assist and Vessel Performance out on several additional vessels.”

These benefits are particularly important to Höegh, who are now installing Vessel Insight, the MAN PrimeServ Assist app and Vessel Performance on four additional vessels. Getting access to complete and contextualized high-quality data from several vessels allows fleet benchmarking and is a significant step towards digitalizing their fleet operations.

“Our purpose is to provide greener and more sustainable deep-sea transportation and we are working closely with suppliers to achieve this,” says Andreas Enger, CEO, Höegh Autoliners. “The collaboration with MAN Energy Solutions and Kongsberg Digital has accelerated the digitalization of our vessel’s operations and is an important step in improving our operational efficiency. Building on the success of the pilot project, we are pleased to continue the partnership with the addition of four vessels in our fleet.”

SPEEDY INSTALLATION BY CREW AT SEA

When developing Vessel Insight, KONGSBERG focused on making it a low-cost, easy-to-implement data infrastructure solution for a broad market. An important aspect of this is that installation can be carried out by vessel crews while at sea. The Vessel Insight hardware is sent to the vessel and the crew connects it. Immediately, all data is sent to the Kognifai cloud and contextualized. Using learnings from the first installation, the installation time was drastically reduced on the second Höegh vessel, taking only a day. Following the successful project, Höegh Autoliners decided to install Vessel Insight on an additional four sister-vessels in their Horizon class fleet.

Stig Holm, Digital Business lead Two-Stroke at MAN Energy Solutions, explains: “With the connecting of four more vessels, Höegh is a good example of the potential that the Kongsberg-MAN partnership delivers. Digitalization allows our customers to fully leverage MAN’s expertise on engine as well as on maritime customer needs.”

Gregory Puckett, Head of Group Digital at MAN Energy Solutions continues: “Our open and scalable platform allows us to connect a variety of partners and platforms – providing new opportunities for connectivity as well as insights into engine optimization potentials for our customers.”

MAN Energy Solutions and KONGSBERG will begin delivery of Vessel Insight and MAN PrimeServ Assist to the additional vessels immediately.

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ONE launches digital freight booking platform by Descartes Kontainers

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Descartes Systems Group, the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that Singapore-based Ocean Network Express (ONE), the world’s sixth largest container carrier, is using the Descartes Kontainers solution to digitize the shipper-facing aspects of its freight execution operations in 11 Asian countries as part of a pilot program.

“Shippers today need a more efficient and streamlined end-to-end freight booking experience,” Hiroki Tsujii, Managing Director, Marketing & Commercial said at ONE. “With the launch of our new digital platform ONE QUOTE, powered by Descartes Kontainers, customers can now receive an instant quote for export shipments and place bookings anytime, anywhere. It’s a one stop service that completely automates traditional manual tasks.”

The Descartes Kontainers solution facilitates a fully digital customer experience including quoting, booking, tracking and dashboard analytics for shipping lines, freight forwarders, ocean transportation intermediaries (OTI) and non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCC) around the world. The digital freight execution platform enables these logistics services providers (LSP) to rapidly create branded, online self-service experiences for their customers. With its recent acquisition of Portrix Logistics Systems, Descartes can also now provide freight forwarders with a comprehensive digital solution for engaging customers and managing rates. However, the solution also helps LSPs preserve investments in existing rate management and back-office systems and quickly get their digital customer experience live through the use of standardized APIs. Even large carriers and LSPs such as ONE are able to get customers booking freight in just a few months.

“We are pleased to help ONE simplify and enhance the customer experience through digitization,” said Graham Parker, VP Digital Freight Solutions at Descartes. “As the shift to digitize customer-facing operations accelerates, it is increasingly valuable to have a leading execution platform that can provide rates, quotes, and the ability to book cargo and track it on demand on any Internet-enabled device.”

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Ocean Network Express expands its refrigerated container fleet

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Ocean Network Express (ONE) continues to expand its current refrigerated container (reefer) fleet by adding another 27,500 new units (including 850 units equipped with advanced Controlled Atmosphere (CA) technology) to meet the growing demand for refrigerated cargo around the world. This new investment comes on the heels of 5000 units (all 40’HC) invested by ONE in early 2020, which demonstrates its strong commitment to meet the demand for containerized reefer trade.

Despite the challenges triggered by COVID-19, the global refrigerated container trade showed strong resilience in 2020 compared to dry cargo and ONE expects this growth to be maintained in
2021. ONE is currently working towards the application of the latest IoT technology into its fleet of reefer containers which provides real time visibility of critical information such as the temperature and humidity inside the container, thereby enhancing cargo care during the entire voyage.

Hiroki Tsujii, Managing Director, Marketing & Commercial in Ocean Network Express (ONE) commented “ONE now has one of the largest and youngest reefer fleet in the world, equipped with
the most advanced technologies designed to handle perishable cargo demand. Since inception, ONE has been consistently investing in new reefer containers, which in turn has helped to position
ourselves in a strategically important & growing business segment.” ONE’s Global Reefer Business Planning team based at ONE’s HQ in Singapore, develops ONE’s global reefer marketing and
business strategy through the close monitoring of market demand and the close collaboration with ONE’s regional reefer teams located around the world. ONE’s Reefer technical team is available
both on board and on shore providing round the clock assistance and monitoring of its customers’ precious reefer cargo throughout the voyage.

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