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Urban Logistics: ANSI Seeks Comments on Proposal for New ISO Field of Technical Activity


Submit comments by May 24

As the U.S. member body to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) seeks comments by May 24 on a draft proposal for a new ISO field of technical activity on urban logistics.

Submitted by KATS, the South Korean member of ISO, the proposal includes the following scope statement:

“Standardization in the field of urban logistics technology and services, including, but not limited to, terminology, functions, assessments, service models, and requirements across the logistics.

The objective of the committee is to standardize urban logistics activities and services for sustainable, social, and economic responsibility.

Standardization activities are technologies and services for efficient and sustainable urban logistics required for cities that are constantly evolving and expanding with digital transformation. For example, it includes unmanned storage facilities such as non-contact service and e-commerce, unmanned delivery, back-end logistics for sales facilities, delivery services such as urban fulfilment, safety of urban logistics workers, and consideration for the environment, etc.”

The proposal states that the rapid increase in cargo volume in cities and metropolitan areas causes traffic congestion, air pollution, noise, and logistics costs; this ultimately increases costs as well as various types of risks. An efficient urban logistics system maintains and enhances a city's competitiveness, contributing to the city's economy and improving employment and living conditions. While there are some Technical Committees and ISO standards that address packaging and logistics means, there are no harmonized international standards for urban logistics technologies and services.

Learn more in the draft proposal.

Comments on this proposal should be submitted to Steven Cornish, ANSI senior director of international policy and strategy, at [email protected] by May 24, 2023.


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