A consortium of businesses, government authorities and research institutes have combined eFreight and eCustoms to improve supply chain visibility and enhance trade compliance and the effectiveness of border controls in the Cassandra project.
The three-year project started on June 1st 2011, with 15 million euro funding from the European Commission’s Seventh Framework programme for Security. It builds on previous EU funded projects Integrity, Smart-Cm and Itaide.
The consortium is composed of 27 companies in the fields of logistics and IT, including DHL, GS1, IBM and Kühne + Nagel. Also involved are customs and border inspection agencies, European research institutes and the port communities and trading partners of the European ports of Rotterdam, Bremer-haven, Barcelona and Setúbal.
The project has developed a data-sharing concept. Currently, government authorities perform risk assessments using the traditional transaction based audit approach whereby each cross-border trade transaction is inspected individually, based on declaration data submitted to authorities, known as “data push”.
Cassandra aims use a risk based audit approach which identifies secure and known container flows. This is based on system based auditing whereby government authorities use data and risk assessment of businesses for their own risk assessment. This re-use of data is the concept of piggy-backing.
Cassandra will achieve interoperability of systems by using IT innovations to form a data pipeline, so that secure and reliable data can be shared across the supply chain.
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