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Container majors make container track and trace first common standard

DCSA, in which several of the world's largest container lines have banded together, will soon have its first industry standard ready. "Little by little, this should become the standard and reduce complexity," CEO Thomas Bagge tells ShippingWatch.

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Nine of the world's biggest container lines will soon be ready with a common solution for container tracking, which comes from a new, noteworthy collaboration in the industry.

Major players including Maersk, MSC, CMA CGM and Hapag-Lloyd have joined together in the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA), established to develop common technology standards for the sector's shipping lines. It is an initiative aiming to improve the companies' work flows and services in an industry that has been criticized for working in far too different manners, to the inconvenience of customers.

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