Through their collaboration, the joint subsidiary between the port authorities of Rotterdam and Amsterdam, Portbase, will reduce administrative costs, increase efficiency, and contribute to the global trend of openness and transparency in logistics.

In light of the above, Portbase noted:

The collaboration between Portbase and TradeLens creates a connection between the Dutch ports and a global ecosystem of carriers, ports and terminals and overseas inland providers. Its strong position in the Dutch ports allows Portbase to play an important role in bringing transparency to end-to-end supply chains by providing connected parties with a single point of contact in the Dutch ports.


During the first phase, Portbase will send customs clearance (hold and release) messages for all Maersk containers to TradeLens.

In return, Portbase will receive data back from the TradeLens platform (e.g., information about transport and customs milestones for shipments that are imported, exported or transshipped via the ports). Data will be available in the Port Community System for community members who have legitimate, permissioned access to the platform and can use data about each container to enhance their own operations.

The connection between Portbase and TradeLens will allow the already well-developed ecosystem around Dutch ports and the global network on TradeLens to reap the mutual benefits of exchanging data with each other. Portbase and TradeLens are united in their vision of digitizing trade in a way that customers on both sides can look forward to the enhanced offering resulting from this collaboration.

...Nicolas Buhmann, Senior Commercial Manager Network Development, GTD Solution Inc, concluded.