DCSA, in conjunction with our member carriers, has published data and process standards for the submission of shipping instructions and issuance of the bill of lading (B/L). Through this initiative, DCSA aims to facilitate acceptance and adoption of an electronic bill of lading (eBL) by regulators, banks and insurers and to unify communication between these organisations and customers, carriers and all other stakeholders involved in a transaction.

DCSA B/L standards are aligned with the UN/CEFACT (United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business) multimodal transport reference data model to ensure a global industry framework that accelerates digitalisation through a unified industry effort.

This is part of the multi-year DCSA eDocumentation initiative which will deliver standards to enable digitalisation of end-to-end container shipping documentation.

Subsequent releases of the DCSA eDocumentation initiative will include data and process standards for: booking request and confirmation, arrival notice and release shipment.

The DCSA Standard for the Bill of Lading publication includes updates to the DCSA Industry Blueprint and Information Model. To facilitate implementation and compliance, the DCSA Interface Standard for the Bill of Lading along with API definitions (and soon a reference implementation) are also published on Swaggerhub and Github. Download the standard and updated documents below to immediately streamline and align paper-based B/L data and processes.

Please refer to our glossary of terms for more.