A. General Information

1. Title

PAA Cargo Visibility

2. Status of the project
3. Implementation period of the project/service:
5. Geographical coverage
Participating countries: China, Republic of Korea
6. Participating agencies/entities of the project/service:
a. Development stage
Lead agencies/entities
Other participating agencies/entities
China: CIECC (under MOFCOM) and participating e-Port (Dalian Port Network, Ningbo e-Port, Shanghai e-Port and others), Korea: KTNET, Taiwan (China): Trade-Van
b. Operational stage
Lead agencies/entities (op)
Other participating agencies/entities (op)
7. Main stakeholders/beneficiaries of the project
Traders (big enterprises)
Traders (SMEs)
Customs brokers
8. Business process category of the project

B. Lessons Learned

9. Summary description of the project/service
Brief Summary

The Cargo visibility service is a network between major ports of PAA and other regions allowing to acquire cargo status information in the port and customs area, which is difficult to obtain from private logistics companies.


a. Objective(s)

To exchange the status of export or import cargo (or container) at the port and customs area among the paperless trade service providers so that traders or logistics service providers can trace the movement of cargo by container number or Bill of Lading number. 

b. Business need for the project (background)
c. Business process covered*

The scope of the project was to develop a technical specification for utilization of domestic cargo tracing data contained in the customs system or port system and interoperable system that can exchange the cargo status data with overseas partners.  

d. Overall architecture and functionalities*
e. Relevant document/figure
10. Documents and data exchanged via the project
11. Data models/databases, proprietary solutions, hybrid approaches
12. Main challenges faced during the project
13. Lessons learned from the project

The use of data contained in the government systems was favored by private sector for its accuracy and reliability compared to the data provided by service providers as there is a potential fraud of time information.  

The data privacy policy of Korea Customs Service has forced PAA to stop this service. However, the NEAL-Net project is performing the same kind of data exchange service in the same region. Open Data policy will help private sector create additional value from the government data.  

14. Main benefit(s) of the project
14A. Elaborations/detailed description on benefits gained

The manufacturers and traders were able to capture the cargo tracing data into their supply chain management system, promptly and with higher data quality, which in the past required manual input of cargo status information collected manually from logistics service providers such as carriers and freight forwarders.  

15. Technical/financial/capacity building/other assistance
16. Future plan for expansion of the project
17. Other information or relevant references on the project

18. Relevant document regarding the project

C. Relevant Standards

20. Electronic message standard
20A. Electronic message standard supporting the project
20B. Type of standard for electronic message applied for the project
International standard
21. Technical communication standard
21A. Technical communication standard supporting the project
21B. Type of technical communication standard applied for the project
22. Security-related standards*
22A. Security-related standard supporting the project
EBMS (ebXML) and HTTPS for a secure message communication
22B. Type of security-related standard applied for the project
23. Other Technical Information
23A. Interface developed for data exchange with an internal system
23B. Other technical implementation information