Events & News
Title: SMART Container Chain Management’ (SMART_CM) project kicked-off
Location: Port of Antwerp
Meeting Date: 8/28/2008
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Related Files: SMART_CM_Press_Release_Kick Off_final.pdf

A win-win situation between global logistics industry and customs to forge a strong commitment for intermodal door-to-door container transport

The European funded project “SMART-CM” has officially been launched during a Kick-Off Meeting in the PORT OF ANTWERP on August 28th / 29th.

The project is an urgent response of key players along the logistic supply chain to make trade and transport more efficient, secure, visible and competitive not only in the EU but across the world in a global intermodal context, while respecting existing initiatives and pilot projects in the context of AEO and Green Lanes implementation. By streamlining custom procedures and container management processes, value is added both for public administrations and private businesses in terms of more accurate and quicker information exchange while scarce capacity and connecting transport modes can be better balanced between continents and from port to hinterland.

This is what makes this project unique in the way that it will provide a simple – transparent – and above all neutral and easy to handle solution for the interaction between public administrations (primarily customs) and the market players involved in the container transport chain management and administration business.

Two real-life demonstrators will validate all innovative organizational processes and technologies at an early project phase, using existing on board container technologies and dedicated management platforms in a door-to-door chain: Corridor A: Europe-Middle East (Antwerp-Port Said feeding service to Thessaloniki – Dubai - NAVA SHEVA/Mundra). Corridor B: Europe-Asia/Pacific (Antwerp-Singapore) - feeder service to Laem Chabang in Thailand and Ningbo in China.

Partners are global players representing a typical heterogenic transport chain such as large logistic service providers, port authorities, terminal operators, shipping lines as well as international organizations that are setting standards, promoting intermodal transport or container registration as well a customs and technical service providers.

See the whole press release.