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The logistics startup Flowfox and the liner shipping company Hapag-Lloyd have just launched a pilot project that aims to redefine the global import container release processes. The logistics company Kühne+Nagel is also involved.

The project aims to optimise processes across borders

To underline the global approach the pilot will be launched in France and Germany simultaneously and also includes cross border shipment via Dutch and Belgian ports. Over the first three months, the closed testing environment is supposed to ensure a robust, error-free application before a broader customer and country roll-out. The goal is to largely automate the process of releasing import containers between Hapag-Lloyd and its importing customers to achieve significant efficiency gains for everyone involved. Typically, the manual release process is still very error prone.

The pilot targets key benefits for Hapag-Lloyd's customers, aiming to substantially reduce delays in the release process and enhance transparency. By leveraging Flowfox’ Drop-off Change product, the project also seeks to optimise empty return processes of containers, delivering direct value to customers. Flowfox launched its platform in 2019 with the aim of standardising import processes between sea freight carriers and forwarders worldwide.

© Flowfox: CEO Patrick Pehmöller
“After four years of proof-of-concept phases, intensive study of global import processes, hard work and the development of a solution that covers all the different local processes, we are delighted to launch our platform in Europe. But for us, this is just the beginning. Our clear goal is to become a global standard that focuses on efficiency, security and data exchange.”
Patrick Pehmöller, CEO at Flowfox

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