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IMCOSEC — Result In Brief

Project ID: 242295
Funded under: FP7-SECURITY
Country: Germany

En route to better container transport

Researchers have looked into how to balance the need for security in global supply chains with efficient business operation.
En route to better container transport
The logistics industry has had to handle two conflicting trends in recent years: the elimination of trade barriers to ensure free trade, and increasing security demands to counter the threat of terrorism.

An EU-funded research project, IMCOSEC, set out to create a new approach to ensure the security of supply chains whilst reconciling this with business efficiency. The needs of transporters have often been neglected in previous efforts, which have focused on the development of technologies to increase security. IMCOSEC aimed not to introduce as much security as possible, but rather as much as is needed, taking into account practicality and acceptability.

Focusing on maritime and containerised transport, the project team analysed the supply chain in various major global transport corridors, identifying gaps in security information. They considered all stakeholders' needs, plus cultural and human factors, to define a roadmap for target processes and suitable technologies that could be implemented along the supply chain. Reaching common agreement on risks and minimising the impacts in cost and time for commercial operators helped ensure there was broad acceptance of the technologies proposed.

The project brought together a network of experts from different fields and their collaboration will continue in the future to demonstrate and implement the new approach. Ultimately, IMCOSEC will help to increase the efficiency and security of the global trade upon which modern economies depend.

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