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Together, we make our logistics more secure

A more secure and reliable collection of import containers. The Secure Chain is actively pursuing this. As the logistics chain, together we create a closed release and collection process that solely involves authorised parties. PIN codes will be eliminated.

The Secure Chain is a joint initiative of the authorities and the business community for digitally boosting the resilience of the port logistics chains. The secure and reliable release and collection of import containers in the Dutch ports is an important part of that. The Secure Chain will first be implemented in Rotterdam. The process is straightforward, but does require a new operational approach for each link. All parties need to take action.

For all import containers from Latin America and North America, the Secure Chain in Rotterdam is already practice. Now the roll-out continues!

No more PIN code for cargo from Africa, Middle East, India and Pakistan in


This is how the Secure Chain works

In the Secure Chain, a closed chain is created from the shipping line/shipagent via the shipper/forwarder and the inland operator (truck, train barge) that solely comprises authorised parties. These parties securely exchange ‘need-to-know’ data with one another. The use of PIN codes, which are susceptible to fraud, is eliminated. Only a inland operator that has been authorised via the Secure Chain is able to pre-notify its arrival at the terminal and collect the container there. 

Each link has its own role to play 

Shipping line/Ship agent

In the Secure Chain, you digitally send the release for the collection of an import container to your customer (the forwarder/shipper).

These shipping companies are participating: CMA CGM, COSCO Shipping, Evergreen, Hapag Lloyd (via Secure Container Release), HMM, Maersk, MSC, ONE, OOCL, Yang Ming and ZIM.


As a shipper (the so-called release-to-party), you digitally receive the release to collect the import container from the shipping line/shipping agent in the Secure Chain. You transfer this authorisation to the next link (your forwarder or the inland operator).


In the Secure Chain, you digitally receive the release to collect an import container either directly from the shipping line/shipping agent (as the so-called release-to-party) or from the shipper. You transfer this authorisation to the next link (a different forwarder or the transport operator).

Inland operator

Truck, train and barge

In the Secure Chain, you digitally receive the authorisation to collect an import container from the shipper or forwarder. You next submit the pre-notification to the terminal and collect the container or transfer this authorisation to another inland operator. 


In the Secure Chain, only authorised inland operators are able to submit pre-notifications to your terminal. You always know who is coming to collect the import container.

Software supplier

As a software supplier, you make it possible for each link in the Secure Chain to automate their operations. By means of API interfaces, you realise and optimal link-up for your customers. 

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The Secure Chain in figures

8 July 2024

Inland operators
Shipping lines

Easily connect

The Secure Chain works via the services in the Port Community System of Portbase. For more than twenty years already, most data exchange in the port logistics chains has securely and reliably been running through this neutral logistics platform for the Dutch ports.

Portbase has added an additional authorisation layer to various services to facilitate the Secure Chain. This means an adjustment for existing customers. Shippers/forwarders who are new to Portbase can connect to a paid service that offers extensive options, or to a free service. Want to see how the solution works? Sign up for an online demo here.

Target groupPortbase service
Shipping lines/Ship agentsCargo Declaration Import
Shippers/ForwardersCargo Controller, Cargo Release Manager
Inland operators Hinterland Container Notification
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