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Urban Logistics: ANSI Seeks Comments on Proposal for New ISO Technical Committee

8/08/2023

Submit comments by September 22

As the U.S. member body to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) seeks comments by September 22 on a draft proposal for a new ISO technical committee (TC) on urban logistics.

Submitted by the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS), the proposal includes the following scope statement:

“Standardization in the field of urban logistics technology and services, including but not limited to terms, functions, assessments and evaluations, and requirements for economical, efficient, and eco-friendly urban logistics.

The goal of the technical committee is to help build urban logistics technologies and services that are sustainable, socially and economically responsible.

Standardization activities are technologies and services for efficient and sustainable urban logistics required for cities that are constantly evolving and expanding due to rapid population growth and digital transformation.”

Standardization covered by the following committees is excluded from the scope:

  • ISO/TC 22, Road vehicles
  • ISO/TC 34, Food products
  • ISO/TC 92, Fire safety
  • ISO/TC 101, Continuous mechanical handling equipment
  • ISO/TC 122, Packaging
  • ISO/TC 176, Quality management and quality assurance
  • ISO/TC 204, Intelligent transport systems
  • ISO/TC 262, Risk management
  • ISO/TC 268, Sustainable cities and communities
  • ISO/TC 283, Occupational health and safety management
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1, Information technology
  • ISO/TC 308, Chain of custody
  • ISO/TC 315, Cold chain logistics
  • ISO/TC 321, Transaction assurance in e-commerce
  • ISO/TC 344, Innovative logistics

“Although there are some TCs and standards in ISO covering packaging and logistics means, there are no harmonized international standards for urban logistics technologies and services. In this area, the need for standardization was discovered belatedly as various logistics technologies and services developed worldwide due to the rapidly changing value chain of urban logistics and changes in market demand,” the proposal states. “It's time to start standardizing for urban growth, shifting consumer awareness, and harmonious and efficient linking of global and urban supply chains. The new TC will contribute to increasing the overall value of the city by promoting innovation in urban logistics technology and services, protecting logistics workers and consumers, increasing the efficiency of urban logistics, and helping to solve urban environmental problems.”

Read the proposal and submit comments to Steven Cornish, ANSI senior director of international policy and strategy, at [email protected] by close of business on Friday, September 22. Following the deadline, ANSI staff will develop a recommended ANSI position and any comments for approval by the ANSI ISO Council (AIC) before ISO’s voting deadline of November 1, 2023.

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