A web-based data pipeline for compliance in international trade

S. Overbeek, B. Klievink, D. Hesketh, F. Heijmann, Y.H. Tan, E. van Stijn, H. Aldewereld

Government agencies and businesses cooperate and invest heavily to achieve a reliable and secure global supply network. Businesses themselves already invest in three ways to realize this goal: acquiring the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) status to prove that a business is compliant and trustworthy, the optimization of logistics and terminal operations by means of synchro-modality and the realization of sustainable supply chains by means of traceability and visibility. Synchro-modality concerns the switching between different forms of transport. The identification of what is happening in the supply chain is enabled by better real time data management and traceability. As the seller/consignor and the packing list play a key role in minimizing risks such as safety, security, legal compliance and commercial risks, it is of high relevance to include a Consignment Completion Point (CCP) as an additional waypoint to the supply chain. This waypoint is located at the point where a container is packed or a consignment is completed. At this waypoint, a full set of accurate data should be exchanged between the seller/consignor and the buyer/consignee. A Web-based IT infrastructure that enables the seamless integration of all data elements from all the different sources in the supply chain starting at the CCP is dubbed an integrated data pipeline. The focus of this paper is to explain a conceptual model of such a pipeline together with an analysis of the stakeholders of that pipeline in international trade.

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