Blockchain Applications in Shipping, Transportation, Logistics, and Supply Chain

  • Shuaian Wang
  • Xiaobo QuEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 149)


Blockchain, as a new technology, has aroused wide attention from industry and academia in recent years. There are a huge number of articles and news reports about blockchain applications in shipping, transportation, logistics, and supply chain. This short tutorial aims to clarify (i) the key characteristics of blockchain that enable its use in shipping, transportation, logistics, and supply chain and (ii) how these key characteristics are applied. The key characteristics are decentralization, open data, and authenticity of data. The applications include smart contract, fast payment, information sharing, track and trace, and supply chain finance. We hope this tutorial can provide introductory knowledge to practitioners in shipping, transportation, logistics, and supply chain people who are not familiar with blockchain.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Logistics and Maritime StudiesHong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHung HomHong Kong
  2. 2.Department of Architecture and Civil EngineeringChalmers University of TechnologyGothenburgSweden

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