Bulkchain was launched at the AntwerpXL breakbulk trade fair and its first two modules are now active. Namely:

  • Terminal delivery order;
  • Terminal delivery confirmation.

Other modules will go online in the next few months.

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The breakbulk community itself took the initiative to approach NxtPort, as the administrative processes in the sector are labour-intensive and time-consuming.

What is more, the various players in the breakbulk supply chain are less advanced than the container sector regarding sharing data. The breakbulk community wanted to catch up and promote digitalization for its operations.

In cooperation with the sector, NxtPort developed an application tailored to its requirements: Bulkchain. The app creates a single file for each consignment, connected to every import and export partners.

Each link in the supply chain passes data to the next link, with NxtPort being central hub. The operators can easily incorporate the app into their own IT systems, and Customs data are also linked automatically to the breakbulk platform.

Commenting on the app, Steven Schutter, breakbulk project manager at NxtPort, said that Bulkchain will make the administrative processes in the breakbulk sector faster and more efficient.