Report addresses supply chain efficiency, port congestion
The study outlines that investment in workforce development is needed to equip workers to adjust to changing vessel sizes, cargo flow demands and technologies.
The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), Washington, D.C., unveiled a report aimed at enhancing U.S supply chain efficiency and competitiveness and reducing port congestion.
The report, “Improving American Competitiveness: Best Practices by U.S. Port Communities,” describes key findings and lessons learned from U.S. ports and their stakeholders.
Key findings include:
- Customized information technologies based on a standard set of maritime cargo data elements can improve operational efficiency and cargo status data flow throughout the port community.
- Investment in workforce development is needed to equip workers to adjust to changing vessel sizes, cargo flow demands and technologies.
- Benchmarks need to be measuarable, agreed upon by all members involved and focused on identifying efficiency problems to evaluate the impacts of the environment.