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Hans Rook
International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA)


Hans Rook is working in the transport and logistics sea trade sector for more than 50

years. He started his career at a shipping agency and having gaining experience in

all facets of import and export services, he was appointed to set up the ICT function

in the company. He is also one of the gurus on EDI standardization – he joined UN

working groups to establish UN/CEFACT EDIFACT messages for the global sea

trade industry. Having been general manager ICT within the shipping agency, Hans

was asked to join the Rotterdam group of experts for the set-up of the Port

Community System in the Port of Rotterdam. His knowledge and expertise of

community systems, IT and port logistics, built up over a 50-year career, is unrivalled.

He is quite simply one of the visionaries in the development of new services to

support the simplification of trade. Hans, retired from Portbase Rotterdam as per 01-

01-2019 where he was senior adviser at Portbase, the Port Community System in

The Netherlands.

From January 2017 he is Chairman of the International Port Community Association

– IPCSA. Global trade facilitation is at the forefront of everything we do. IPCSA is

respected at intergovernmental level, including at the UN and the IMO, and many

decision makers receive and value our expertise.