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Standard overview

The problem

Today, carriers do not uniformly share schedule information. For customers, getting clarity on vessel voyage information, such as scheduled arrival and departure and routing changes, is essential for planning subsequent operations activities. But piecing together schedule information to achieve clarity can be manual and time-consuming. Data discrepancies and inaccessibility create a lack of transparency that increases dwell times at terminals and causes inland delays. As a result, supply chains are less reliable, which hinders effective resource planning and ultimately disrupts business performance.    

The solution

The DCSA Commercial Schedules (CS) standard creates a common way for carriers to communicate vessel schedule information to customers. With the DCSA CS standard in place, customers can expect to receive high-quality data about their container shipments regardless of which carrier is transporting them. CS expands the scope of the DCSA operational vessel schedule (OVS) standard with three options for accessing schedules from carriers: 

  • Point- to-Point Routing: provides single or multiple end-to-end routing options with estimated timestamps during the pre-booking phase; 
  • Port Schedule: provides estimated timestamps for all vessels arriving and departing from a defined port/terminal on a given date; 
  • Vessel Schedules: provides estimated departure and arrival times for a required service, voyage or vessel, for each port call on the vessel’s rotation. 

The benefits of Commercial Schedules

Optimize your supply chain with DCSA's Commercial Schedules to receive high-quality data about their container shipments regardless of which carrier is transporting them.

Interested in adopting the Commercial Schedules standard?

Whether you are a ocean carrier, solution provider or cargo owner interested in implementing an API based on the Commercial Schedules standard, please review the standard documentation or reach out to us for implementation support.

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