Ocean Freight Standards Advisory Board Experiences Membership Growth

Industry leaders continue discussions to dramatically improve freight invoice processes

Copenhagen, Denmark—April 19, 2012INTTRA, a global multi-carrier e-commerce solution provider for ocean freight and founder of the Ocean Freight Industry EIPP Standards Advisory Board, continues the expansion of the Standards Advisory Board (SAB).

Companies that recently joined the Advisory Board include:  Leschaco; Sinotrans; Damco; Ecu Line Group of Companies and Geodis Wilson. Sinotrans' membership expands the voice of the Asia logistics market.

“We appreciate having a forum that allows us to partner with shippers and NVOCCs in order to develop global standards and best practices that benefit the entire industry,” said Steen E. Larsen, Head of Requirements Management, Maersk Line. “Our diverse membership is certainly an important and welcome quality that is essential to creating industry solutions that address the needs of the various segments.”

Ecu Line, which joined the SAB earlier this year, sees great value in streamlining the payment flow in global ocean shipping. 

“By adopting automated bill presentment and payment, the process will be more accurate, transparent and settlements will be faster and uniform,” said Marc Stoffelen, Chief Executive Officer, Ecu Line Group of Companies. “It provides a better way to analyze payment behavior and incorrect billing. We are excited to be part of the EIPP SAB group of companies that are involved in global logistics to discuss a solid basis for future electronic presentment and payment standardization for our sector. This will definitely benefit our niche market as a global LCL provider.”

Members include ocean carriers, third party logistics providers (3PL), freight forwarders and NVOCCs (non-vessel operating common carriers).

“We are pleased that so many leaders are collaborating together to drive industry change,” said Rod Agona, Executive Officer, EIPP Standards Advisory Board. “Through growth and active involvement by our members, we are driving the adoption of common standards and process improvements that will address the unique requirements of global ocean freight.”

Global ocean freight organizations from North America, Europe, and Asia gather twice a year for general Advisory Board meetings in addition to work teams that focus on developing specific standards and processes for the industry. The next meeting will be in Copenhagen, April 23-25, 2012.