Recognition by the United Nations of the Digital Logistics Corridors as a collaborative initiative for a global logistics strategy promoted by Spain.

Usyncro, the solution for logistics digitization that uses technology such as Blockchain or Artificial Intelligence, has just received the “Private Sector Innovation Challenge” award granted by the United Nations for the promotion of Digital Corridors worldwide. This recognition took place during the I UN Global Supply Chain Forum, held last week in Barbados with more than 1,300 industry representatives and world authorities.

On May 24, Cristina Martín Lorenzo, CEO of Usyncro, received the award from Rebeca Grynspan, secretary general of UNCTAD and former vice president of Costa Rica, inviting all those present to collaborate and open up Digital Corridors between countries. Usyncro is a Spanish project, with a clear objective towards the sustainability of international trade, which insists on Spain’s geostrategic logistical nature.

UNCTAD (UN Conference on Trade and Development), a permanent intergovernmental body created by the United Nations General Assembly, works with governments on the use of trade, investment, finance and technology as vehicles for inclusive and sustainable development. The award was won out of more than 75 proposals received in two months with solutions for more sustainable, efficient and resilient supply chains.

Corredores Digitales has a two-year track record, since the first airfreight shipment between Madrid and Montevideo, following industry standards. To date, in addition to the support of Spanish customs, Peruvian customs, authorities such as the Phytosanitary, para-customs and Mexico are working to expedite trade with the United States.

Among the key milestones of the Digital Corridors is their multimodal approach, with the reduction of transit times in the maritime area and the detection of bottlenecks between the Peninsula and the Canary Islands; the administrative agility achieved in demanding areas such as the pharmaceutical sector; or the recent incorporation of the Alía Aragón project to load goods onto the train in the Zaragoza-Paris corridor.

LESSONS LEARNED IN THE UNITED NATIONS FRAMEWORK

Inequalities between countries exist

We need tools that adapt to the circumstances of all countries. Usyncro, as a SaaS solution in the cloud, insists on the democratization of technology and its accessibility for all types of organizations, the only requirement for its use being the Internet. However, during the Forum it became clear that there are countries where the Internet is not available to all.

Conflicts between Single Windows (USW) and Port Community System (PCS)

Usyncro came to Barbados with the proposal of collaboration between actors, despite the competitive differences between the various port single windows and PCS. However, the conclusions drawn are related to overcoming these differences and promoting collaboration between authorities and countries, ensuring that “data spaces” communicate with each other. The end customer is not taking advantage of the technological resources available due to system independence. In response, Facilitation Committees are being promoted, which serve as the seed for international agreements. During the forum, examples were given for the competitiveness of port environments by taking advantage of synergies and boosting interoperability between platforms.

Usyncro’s success as Spanish representative

The fact that the Usyncro representative was one of the speakers at the 1st Global Supply Chain Forum, as well as the recognition in this international context, was undoubtedly a triumph for the Madrid-based company.

“As a private company, we have business interests that conflict with other organizations, but we are committed to unity at the country level and sectoral authorities with a strategic focus, promoting public-private collaboration. As well as participating in the Committees where we discuss where the world is evolving in the logistics field. We must be where the decisions are made and not be left behind in innovation”.said Cristina Martín Lorenzo, CEO of Usyncro .

Leading technologies to drive collaboration

Usyncro’s proposal and its combination of technologies is perfectly in line with the premises set out by UNCTAD, which insisted on the need for trust between countries and the transmission of data under the same semantics.

BLOCKCHAIN. It enables collaboration, providing security and trust to the shared document. The virtues of traceability, transparency and immutability of data between countries, without the need for additional surveillance, were emphasized.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. Useful for data automation. As a novelty, the use case of tariff item detection was presented, similar to the recent European project carried out by Usyncro with the Spanish Tax Agency (AEAT), for its application in the classification of eCommerce parcels via customs.

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Working for change through Innovation

This international award is in addition to other national and global recognitions that the Madrid-based company has received in recent years, such as that of Best Trade Platform awarded in 2023 by the Trade Finance Global organization; the International Logistics Exhibition (SIL Barcelona), the South Summit or the German Blockrocket, among others.

“We have great support for the initiative, however, we believe that a greater institutional push is needed to address disruptive projects in such a traditional sector. The logistics and transportation field requires a technological evolution in its processes and also in the adaptation of its professionals to change. We have to move towards collaboration and anticipate the coming transformation so that we do not remain at the doors of innovation”.concluded Cristina Martín, CEO of Usyncro.

 

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