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Standards & Harmonization

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Connect transport and trade stakeholders using international standards



UNCTAD’s ASYHUB is a data integration and communication platform that applies international standards defined by the World Customs Organization (WCO), United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), International Maritime Organization (IMO), Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA), Ship-planning Message Development Group (SMDG), and Bureau International des Containers (BIC) to support the digitalization and standardization of data exchange between transporters and trade stakeholders.

The World Customs Organization (WCO)

The World Customs Organization (WCO) is an independent, intergovernmental body whose mission is to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of customs administrations. As the global centre of customs expertise, the WCO is the only international organization dedicated to customs and the international customs community.


The United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) is a subsidiary, intergovernmental body of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) which serves as a focal point within the United Nations Economic and Social Council for trade facilitation recommendations and electronic business standards.


The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution by ships.




The Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) is a non-profit, independent organization established in 2019 by several of the largest container shipping companies. DCSA’s mission is to drive technology standards and frameworks that will enable carriers to bring innovative solutions to market.


The Ship-planning Message Development Group (SMDG) is a non-profit foundation, run by and on behalf of companies and organizations working in the maritime industry, like container terminals, ocean carriers, and related companies or organizations. SMDG develops, maintains, and promotes the use of EDI messages for the maritime industry.


The Bureau International des Containers (BIC) is a non-profit, international organization whose mission is to promote the safe, secure, and sustainable expansion of containerization and intermodal transportation.





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