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Evergreen digitises container shipping documentation

Evergreen Line has introduced two new ‘Intelligent Services’ for electronic data transfer among container shipping supply chain stakeholders, including an i-B/L (Bill of Lading) and i-Dispatch, a system that delivers a variety of additional digital documents generated during cargo transactions.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}These new services will be provided in partnership with Bolero International, using Bolero’s eBL technology, and can be accessed via the shipping line’s current ShipmentLink portal.

Evergreen says that this new integrated system will speed up issuance and transmission of i-B/L documentation for its container shippers, which should be particularly advantageous for short-sea shipments when a paper Bill of Lading can sometimes arrive later than the vessel.

The new paperless environment will also allow for reviews and alterations to be undertaken online, to remove paperwork delays and facilitate faster payments.

The new i-Dispatch function can be used for electronic exchange of the wide range of documentation associated with shipments in addition to the B/L, including packing lists, commercial invoices, certificates of origin and other customs-related credentials, licences and inspection reports.

“We are delighted that Evergreen, such a major global container carrier, is partnering with us to help transform an industry on which world trade depends,” said Ian Kerr, CEO of Bolero.

“Bolero’s eBL platform has already been proven in bulk cargo trades and initial container-based transactions by corporates such as Cargill, BHP Billiton and Reliance Industries, but now with Evergreen we are taking a very significant next-step in the digitisation of world trade by putting our technology at the disposal of a wider community of container shippers and NVOCCs.”{/mprestriction}

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