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The Port of Los Angeles has launched a pilot test of a platform that digitizes maritime shipping data and makes it available to cargo owners and supply chain operators through secure, channeled access. Cargo data to be used in the two-month pilot will include filtered information from the Automated Commercial Environment. The pilot involves two shipping lines, several major retailers, and others, and initial performance results are expected in July.
A POLA press release states that today’s major ports face the growing challenge of serving a new generation of massive container ships and the complexity of handling cargo carried by vessel-sharing alliances. The ultimate goal of the port information portal being pilot tested, the press release states, is to improve data flow between cargo owners, shipping lines, and other stakeholders so that port and terminal operators have an extended window of time to track inbound cargo to more effectively service vessels, optimize cargo movement, and improve the predictability and reliability of the supply chain. U.S. officials said the pilot should help demonstrate the value of new information technology systems and help catalyze the voluntary implementation of these systems at ports throughout the U.S.