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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.

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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.

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, HMM, Maersk, MSC, ONE, OOCL, Yang Ming and ZIM. Ook Hapag-Lloyd and Marfret decided to start using the Secure Chain as well.

Shipper

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).

Forwarder

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. 

Terminal

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. 

Latest news from the Secure Chain

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  • News
    30 April 2024

    Press release: No more PIN code for containers from North America as of 1 July

    Rotterdam takes next step in implementation Secure Chain Rotterdam, 30 April 2024 – As of the 1st of July 2024, container cargo arriving in Rotterdam from North America will only be securely and reliably released via the Secure Chain. From this date on, the major shipping lines will no longer issue pin codes for containers originating […]

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  • News
    22 April 2024

    Containers arriving in Rotterdam from North America switched to Secure Chain before 1 July 2024

    The major container shipping lines/ship agents in Rotterdam will connect all their customers with container cargo from North America to the Secure Chain before the 1st of July 2024. Starting from this date, they will no longer issue PIN codes to this customer group. Import containers will only be securely and reliably released via the Secure […]

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  • News
    2 April 2024

    Press release: No more PIN codes for container cargo from Latin America

    1st phase of introduction Secure Chain in Rotterdam now completed From now on, all participating shipping lines will only securely and reliably release import containers arriving in Rotterdam from Latin America via the Secure Chain. As of the 31st of March, customers of CMA CGM, COSCO Shipping, Maersk, MSC, ONE, OOCL and ZIM will no […]

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  • News
    27 March 2024

    Newsletter: Are you ready for 31 March?

    As of 31 March 2024, participating shipping lines/ship agents in Rotterdam will only release incoming container cargo from Latin America securely and reliably via the Secure Chain. Are you ready for this in your capacity as a shipper, forwarder or inland operator? The shipping lines/ship agents will no longer issue PIN codes for cargo from […]

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The Secure Chain in figures

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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 either a free service or to a paid service that offers more extensive options. Want to see how the solution works? Click here to join the live demo.

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