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MSC Thailand chooses Kale Logistics for paperless partnership

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THAILAND : Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Thailand has signed a partnership with Kale Logistics for digital delivery documentation across the supply chain.

Kale Logistics Solutions (Kale) has collaborated with TIFFA EDI Services to provide the CODEX Electronic Delivery Order (e-DO) service to the MSC Thailand to digitally enable all stakeholders.

Developed in partnership with TIFFA, the CODEX e-DO services enable freight forwarders, shipping lines, custom brokers, importers, and terminal operators to exchange and receive delivery order documents digitally instead of in paper form.

The CODEX e-DO platform allows multiple stakeholders to perform their business activities via a digital interface, enabling stakeholders to place an e-DO request to the shipping line.

All the details of the e-DO are retrieved from the manifest file, which is provided in EDI format by the shipping line in advance to minimise data entry, with most steps automated, from request to issue of the delivery order.

The new contract with TIFFA and MSC (Thailand) was signed on 15 November.

Vineet Malhotra, Director of Kale Logistics Solutions, commented, “Kale has a long lasting relationship with Thailand and the stakeholders here. We have a major role to play in the digitisation drive in air cargo, as well as the maritime sector.

“Our domain expertise and experience of working in 27 countries and executing global IT projects in the maritime and air cargo space will add value to our CODEX Port Community System (PCS) platform in Thailand.”

The CODEX e-DO will digitalise and streamline all business processes in goods exchange for MSC Thailand, increasing the efficiency of document management and enabling work from anywhere, thanks to the cloud-based technology and a mobile version of the application.

When the terminal releases the cargo in their application, the e-DO automatically updates through Web API, with electronic goods release certificates and status updates available 24 hours a day.

As well as offering increased security, by facilitating paperless operations the e-DO also minimises the risk of viral transmission and the spread of Covid by reducing physical contact between personnel and manual handling of documents.

During the ceremony, Managing Director of MSC Thailand, Peter Blohm, said, “MSC Thailand has been delivering superior customer service to the maritime industry over a period of 20 years.

“By collaborating with TIFFA EDI who are partners to Kale to provide this new service, we are committed to making a significant contribution to superior economic growth for all Thai entrepreneurs and the logistics trade community.

“We foresee the benefits of the CODEX e-DO system in providing services to MSC’s customers.”

Earlier this year MSC announced it had fully adopted BIC Facility Codes (BFC) for all depots globally.

All of MSC’s depots are now identifiable with a 9-character BFC, moving one step further on the digitalisation journey.

The transition process was completed across 2021, in order to ensure that every MSC depot globally was included.

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