Portbase and TradeLens partnership to revolutionise maritime business in Northwest Europe


As part of its digital initiative to enhance customer experience, Portbase has completed the first phase of integration with TradeLens, a platform for trade digitisation underpinned by blockchain technology.

The strategic location of the Dutch ports as gateway to Northwest Europe, as well as the size of the Portbase community and the coverage of its Port Community System combined with the global network on TradeLens will create unique opportunities for its users to reduce administrative costs, increase efficiency, and contribute to the global trend of openness and transparency in logistics.

“By connecting with the TradeLens platform, Portbase creates a connection between our community and the global ecosystem,” said Portbase Managing Director Iwan van der Wolf. “It allows all players in the logistical chain to easily, quickly and securely share data with each other, irrespective of their mutual relationship, enhancing trade for everyone involved. Thereby Portbase acts as datahub for global trade via the Dutch ports and facilitates the connection to regional networks in Northwest Europe.”

“The connection between Portbase and TradeLens will allow the already well-developed ecosystem around Dutch ports and the global network on TradeLens to reap the mutual benefits of exchanging data with each other,” said Nicolas Buhmann, Senior Commercial Manager Network Development, GTD Solution Inc. “Portbase and TradeLens are united in their vision of digitising trade in a way that customers on both sides can look forward to the enhanced offering resulting from this collaboration.”

In this first phase, Portbase will send customs clearance (hold and release) messages for all Maersk containers to TradeLens. Collaboration between Maersk, TradeLens and Portbase provides enhanced digital offerings for shippers within Northwest Europe. In return, Portbase will receive data back from the TradeLens platform (e.g., information about transport and customs milestones for shipments that are imported, exported or transshipped via the ports).

Data will be available in the Port Community System for community members who have legitimate, permissioned access to the platform and can use data about each container to enhance their own operations.

 “Seamless integration has been realised by using the publishing and subscription facilities that both platforms provide,” said Norbert Kouwenhoven, Authorities Lead, IBM Blockchain. “This chosen construct allows for upscaling ‘with a mouse click’ and can be easily expanded as the scope of the ecosystem increases.”


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