Forbes on Port Line

“Some years ago, DBA became aware of the fact that 800,000 TEU of Italy-bound cargo per year was being shipped up through the Suez Canal, ferried through Gibraltar, steamed up to Rotterdam, and then shipped overland rather than going direct to an Italian port. At first, this didn’t make any sense — why would so much cargo be intentionally sent on a wayward course, bypassing its final destination and then backtracking overland for hundreds of additional kilometers? But it didn’t take Politi long to discover the reason: the Port of Rotterdam could unload cargo from a ship in six hours while it would take Italian ports upwards of three to four days…“Without the proper software, they’re communicating in a confused way,” Politi explained. “So we started to develop big software to digitalize the processes inside the port.”

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