Assessment of the use of electronic documents based on the UN/CEFACT Multimodal Transport Reference Data Model (MMT RDM) in the execution of formalities for the registration of the arrival and departure of ships in the seaports of Ukraine
The current project focuses on reporting formalities in the seaports of Ukraine as a part of global supply chains. The crossing of multimodal transport corridors at seaports leads to the need to use the UN/CEFACT multimodal transport reference data model (MMT RDM) as a core tool for data harmonization and seamless sharing. There is also a need to link this tool with the requirements of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), national and regional regulations. The project will result in practical recommendations for the further development of digitalization of documentary procedures in Ukrainian seaports.
The objective of the project is to assess the present state of the ship-shore interaction, identify customary practices, formulate the concept of positioning of a national maritime Single Window (MSW) in regional and global multimodal transport corridors and supply chains, and then perform practical tests to prove the concept.
Alignment of documents used in multimodal transportation along the GUAM transport corridor with the UN/CEFACT reference data model
The objective of this project is further development of the digital transport documents that could provide seamless information flows accompanying cargo flows between countries along the GUAM transport corridor. Due to its position in the middle of the cargo transport routes between Europe and Asia, the use of UN/CEFACT standards and recommendations for cargo information sharing along this route makes much sense.
The focus of the project is on the practical application of the data models and standards to facilitate real-world transport operations that take place along this transport route. This is achieved by creating digital twins of real business documents that are mapped to the UN/CEFACT multimodal transport reference data model (MMT RDM) to ensure interoperability both in terms of changing jurisdictions and modes of transport along the route.
CA Transport Infrastructure and Perspectives on Development of Electronic Document Equivalents, Data Structures and Data Exchange
This Report serves as a preparation to the research of trade and transport corridors going though the Central Asia and establishes the necessity of digitalization of multimodal transport data as well as exchange of documents along those corridors through the use of UN & UN/CEFACT standards.
This Project is the joint initiative of the UNECE and the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The relevance of this project is the current common interest of all the countries in the region to jointly develop the transport links.
Seamless and smart connectivity along the Asian Highway network in the time of COVID-19
Freight transport operations poses the risks during the pandemics, especially if it is not fully computerized. As documents and goods continue to be subjected to physical checks for customs and other regulatory purposes, crew members and staff at border-crossing points and control terminals are exposed to the risk of contagion by the nature of their work. in this context, the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and intelligent transport systems (ITS) is directly relevant to the pandemic response and recovery policies.Optimization of automation and digitalization can reduce the need for human interaction, making cross-borders transport safer and more resilient to disruptions. In this context, this technical note aims to offer policy recommendations for policy responses using new technologies and smart road solutions to preserve the regional transport connectivity in the time of the pandemics and other similar disruptions.
UNCTAD/ASYCUDA Guidelines to Customs Administrations
The COVID-19 pandemic is profoundly altering the manner in which individuals engage in work activities and go about their daily lives. The global supply chains are expected to experience significant disruptions, including through reductions in trade volumes, declines in foreign direct investment, lower consumer goods demand, a reduction in commodity prices, and general economic decline in particular for vulnerable developing countries.
UNCTAD/ASYCUDA COVID-19 Customs Administration Survey
The fully automated environment provided by ASYCUDAWorld affords customs, cross-border agencies, and traders with the capacity to electronically submit and exchange data and documentation and computerize procedures. This enables the expediting of the clearance of imports, exports, transit trade, and other trade transactions, thereby greatly reducing the need for face-to-face interaction.
FIATA eFBL Standard Package
The FIATA eFBL Standard Package was developed as part of the United Nations response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic under the United Nations multiagency project “Transport and Trade Connectivity in the Age of Pandemics: UN solutions for contactless, seamless and collaborative transport and trade”.
This electronic document equivalent Standard Package is scheduled to be launched in the beginning of 2022. The draft eFBL data standard is available on FIATA’s GitHub repository, and the user community is warmly asked to provide feedback on the UML model, data fields and JSON-schema. Please send your feedback to [email protected] or share your feedback directly on Git-Hub.
Airship technology for air connectivity and humanitarian aid in the Caribbean and the Pacific
The Hybrid Airship transport alternative has the potential to be a game changing technology with significant development in recent years. The aim of this technical note is to help raise awareness on airships as an innovative mobile services technology.
Standardized Dataset Aligned to International Standards and UN/CEFACT Reference Data Models and Document Implementation Prototypes for CIM/SMGS set of Documents
This pilot project was initiated in the context of implementing the recommendations of the 2019 and 2020 UNECE “Odessa seminars” to support the development of digital multimodal transport corridors, to increase the harmonization and standardization of data exchange in international transport, trade and logistics, to encourage electronic data exchange and thereby to reduce person-to-person contacts during the COVID-19 crisis and in the post-pandemic recovery, using relevant UN/CEFACT standards.
This included: an analysis of merchandise and information flows along the Black Sea – Baltic Sea corridor as background information for the further development of the project. A set of electronic messages (electronic document equivalents) based on the UN/CEFACT standards and Reference Data Models, using XML and JSON formats, has been developed in collaboration with relevant UN/CEFACT experts and using their guidance on how the UN/CEFACT standards should be applied to develop electronic document-equivalents for CIM/SMGS documents, in particular:
- Packing List;
- SMGS Consignment Note;
- CIM/SMGS Consignment Note (BY);
- CIM/SMGS Wagon List;
- Invoice for Customs (in cooperation with the Ukrainian consultant in the project).
A survey and analysis took place on what was necessary to accomplish for a complete conversion of data between maritime, road and railway transport. The focus was on new standards for generic document equivalents, in order to look into possibilities for their pilot implementation under the United Nations Development Account (UNDA) coronavirus (COVID-19) response project “Transport and Trade Connectivity in the Age of Pandemics”. The consultant worked in the areas of:
- practical aspects of preparing electronic standards for data exchange and new message structure subsets contextualized to the specific transport modes, using UN/CEFACT standards that would best service digital multimodal corridors and support modern technologies, including XML and JSON;
- development and implementation of a data model for the Black Sea – Baltic Sea digital corridor, combining the data for key documents accompanying goods, as described above, as identified in the project, and based on the UN/CEFACT Multimodal Transport Reference Data Model.
The main objective was to foster the harmonization of electronic data sharing, using global (UN/CEFACT) standards for transport, trade, and logistics, and to prepare templates for electronic document equivalents based on the UN/CEFACT semantic standards and reference data models.