CORE is one of the largest European research and demonstration projects so far. Around 70 Partners aim to demonstrate that supply chain security and transparency innovations researched and developed in previous projects such as CASSANDRA and INTEGRITY can work in practice. CORE is strongly supported by a number of EU-Directorates, particularly DG-ENTERPRISE (security policy), DG-TAXUD (customs risk management and security policy), DG-MOVE (e-freight policy) and DG-JRC (scientific support in policy implementation). The daily management of this 4-year project is done by an Executive Committee consisting of the European Shippers’ Council (ESC), Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and BMT Group Ltd.
In cross-border operations with third countries still a lot of improvements can be achieved. For example, unexpected delays at export and import can be the difference between a successful order fulfilment and a disaster. Within CORE, the partners have committed to work together with the objective of maximizing the speed and reliability as well as minimizing the cost of fulfilling global trade transactions, making supply chains more transparent and resilient and bringing security to the highest level. To reach this challenging target, various demonstrations for transporting goods with different trade compliance requirements, with different transport modes and from different geographic scopes are focused in the project.
Within many demonstrators, a challenge is capturing high quality data along the transport chain and enabling data sharing. This would allow businesses along the supply chain to better control their risks and optimize their processes. On the other hand, control agencies like Customs can improve their risk analysis allowing for alternative ways of supervision (and by doing this reduce physical checks). Moreover, CORE contributes to a more sustainable transport throughout the supply chain by supporting co-modality and applying carbon footprint optimizations.
With regard to global supply chains especially with involvement of governmental bodies, innovative solutions require collaboration. In CORE, the business community, border control agencies, governments and academia cooperate in finding practical solutions. Opposite to many earlier projects, CORE will focus on demonstration of those practical solutions to be implemented within the current legislative framework. Thus, the results also provide input for drafting future legislation.
The tasks of the ISL within the project include an analysis of reference projects and the definition of a Supply Chain Security Reference Framework. Furthermore, ISL will develop and test a scenario-based simulation for complex supply chain scenarios, which makes it possible to simulate the effects of interventions and risks to supply chains without interfering with real-world scenarios.