Moving goods with ISO standards

Moving goods between the point of origin and the point of consumption requires the collaboration and cooperation of many actors and even more machinery.

“Connecting ships, ports and people” is this year’s theme for World Maritime Day – celebrated on 28 September by the International Maritime Organization – which focuses on the many actors involved in shipping and logistics.

ISO standards contribute to the effective running of the shipping industry and you will find them at every stage of the supply chain. Take, for example, ISO technical committee ISO/TC 104, Freight containers, which provides specifications for almost every aspect relating to containers, from dimensions to handling and terminology.

ISO also has a dedicated committee for ships and marine technology. The work of ISO/TC 8 covers the different needs of the industry, from environmental management to supply chain security to smart shipping. In this way, ISO standards are at the forefront of creating innovations in logistics. The committee works closely with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to ensure that its standards respect and contribute to meeting IMO regulations.

ISO standards are also instrumental in helping to connect ports with rail hubs, air freights and land-based distribution, offering greater efficiency in how goods are moved. Because ISO standards are a powerful tool to ensure collaboration and efficiency across the supply chain, they make an important contribution to connecting ships, port and people.

To find out more, check out the latest issue of our magazine ISOfocus.

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