Cargo service provider Zim has developed a new software that highlights mis-declared and hazardous cargo before it is loaded onto a vessel.


The ZimGuard system uses machine learning to scan shippers’ cargo declarations at an early stage, and flags potential cases of wrongly declared cargo.

The ZIMGuard system is already in use in major ports in China, the US, and Israel, and is expected to be deployed in all ZIM lines by the end of 2020.

Eli Glickman, ZIM President & CEO said: “Since launching ZIMGuard, we were alerted to dozens of cases of mis-declared cargo. In view of ZIMGuard’s potential contribution to the safety of the global supply chain, ZIM is willing to commercially offer licensing this system to parties who may be interested in utilising it.”

Captain Zadok Radecker, global hazardous & special cargo manager said: “Coping with misdeclarations of hazardous cargo, which can create a serious risk, is challenging. The new system enables us to identify, investigate, and clarify any issue prior to loading, ensuring the safety of the crew and ship, and the safety of the supply chain in general.”