With sensor-based tracking, BLG can today precisely locate a shipment and determine whether it has reached its destination on schedule.
BLG decided it would be even better to apply this knowledge to also make transport quicker. “We’ve identified the customs process as a factor with a major impact on speed in international logistics processes,” says Laura Weingarten, Project Manager for Research & Development at BLG. That’s no surprise, because customs laws, international trade deals and regulations often make customs clearance a time-consuming process. To accelerate handling, BLG launched a new digitalization project in 2020 on the route from one of the BLG logistics centers in Bremen to the USA. Together with SecureSystem, a container tech company and a leading automotive manufacturer, the innovation team is working on the new digital service FastLane. This involves fitting sensors from SecureSystem to twenty containers. The sensors log a wide range of data, including whether the container has been opened or damaged. The data is transmitted securely and in real time to the customs authority, the customer and BLG.