CargoX | ‘Ich bin ein Berliner!’
Why The CargoX Platform
Platform Help Login Register
Exporting to Egypt? Prepare for Egyptian ACI NOW. Start here

‘Ich bin ein Berliner!’

Oct. 13, 2018, 10 a.m.

In the center of Europe lies a bustling hub for technology and innovation – Berlin, Germany. It is true that if you have heard about Berlin, then you may have heard of a vast array of successful startups founded, headquartered, or held a major office here. Among them, giants such as Soundcloud, N26, FreightHub, Auto1, Zalando, Babbel, Hello Fresh, Google, SAP, Delivery Hero, Amazon, Seven Senders, and the list goes on!

Evidently, the German capital has been the cornerstone for the success stories of many high-profile names that make up a part of our everyday lives and power the lifestyles we are so used to. This is not by any chance coincidental, but rather incidental. It is the result of a mix of a large influx of highly-skilled workers, coupled with a tendency towards digitalization and surrounded by a booming economy comprised by a multicultural labor force – making it the perfect recipe for superior strategic positioning!

The business model at CargoX plans for global expansion and adoption. We value the work ethic in the German capital and nation after ranking first in the global Logistics Process Index in 2018. CargoX offers cutting-edge technology, revolutionizing and optimizing cumbersome logistics processes, so it made sense to make our mark with an office right where the leading participants of the industry are.

CargoX has been fueled by organic growth in recent months, so the team started taking action on its positioning strategy. Now, CargoX is proud to announce the first steps to multiply its influence in German territory! The decision was supported by thorough probability market studies on the likeliness of blockchain technology adoption.

According to a survey performed by Kühne Logistics University, 37% of logistics companies in Germany are looking into implementing blockchain solutions and 20% are already on it.

This is a very lucrative opportunity, as blockchain entails smoother interactions between potential business partners. Berlin is a great place to start, as those potential business partners include tons of forward-thinking companies that understand the future of blockchain well. Here we don't need to lose energy debunking erroneous prejudice that blockchain applications are limited only to cryptocurrencies.

CargoX insists on offering only the best services to our current business partners and future partners. That makes the talent of our team members an utmost priority. All team members have advanced qualifications, supplemented by robust business acumen in order to ensure that CargoX’s paramount interests are represented properly.

There is a significant amount of complexity when merging highly profound fields (blockchain and logistics) to deliver an innovative solution to customers. The team must accordingly have vast expertise in both fields and be able to clarify concepts at any level of the hierarchical business structure. This can be challenging from a recruiting point of view, but sometimes things that are meant to just flow naturally.

That is how they found me, Francisco Montenegro – Project Manager for CargoX. I was researching the implementation and capabilities of blockchain technology in logistics and supply networks. Through this endeavor, I reached out to CargoX and they were happy to comply, providing me with constant communication and assistance to every inquiry. It is here where we got to know each other and realized there was synergy potential in me joining the team.

Having a bachelor's degree in International Trade, and a masters in Supply Chain Management specialized in Logistics Systems Engineering, it was evident that my academic profile is on par with CargoX standards. Having lived and worked in El Salvador, the United States, Spain, Latvia, and Germany guaranteed a seamless understanding of the various business practices around the world – a characteristic of great value in the light of global expansion and something that our future partners can appreciate.

In the end, I will be managing the project to open an office in Berlin along with providing all the support needed as new developments arise, helping CargoX reach its goals of global expansion. The first steps toward reaching this long-term goal have been taken. The plan is set in motion and I will be working at the Enklave, one of Berlin's finest co-working spaces. It is here where many tech startups come together and expand their network while they get their job done.

These initial steps will increase CargoX’s presence in the region and help it position itself effectively to tackle the upcoming challenges. Especially those challenges caused by the trend of resistance that surrounds emerging technologies in the midst of heavy competition and on the cusp of innovation.

Beyond technological change, the prevailing notion that will come is a change in the way business relations are conducted. What better place to embrace such a change like Berlin, a city of freedom and tech innovation? Where John F Kennedy once said:

All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words, ‘Ich bin ein Berliner!’ ‘ [I am a Berliner (citizen of Berlin)!] John F. Kennedy, U.S. President, 1963

So - stay tuned in and don’t drop out, many surprises are brewing on the horizon!


Francisco Montenegro is a CargoX Project Manager residing in Berlin. He has a bachelor's degree in International Trade, and a masters in Supply Chain Management specialized in Logistics Systems Engineering, acquired at the Technische Hochschule Wildau. He has worked and lived in El Salvador, the United States, Spain, Latvia, and in Germany.

Photo: Shutterstock

Other blog

What is Advance Cargo Information (ACI) and how does it benefit companies and customs agencies?
6 Dec 2021
Global trade is set to benefit from numerous opportunities to digitalize key processes in everything from logistics, finances, and compliance to, as the most recent development, customs processing.
Electronic bill of lading #eBL
2 Dec 2021
Electronic bills of lading are becoming a standard way of transferring title and as the contract of carriage – and rightfully so. That is why numerous large shipping companies and leading maritime trade countries are driving the digital transformation of global trade and improving operational efficiency.
API, the magic glue of business innovation
24 Nov 2021
How exactly do API support business innovation? The CargoX Platform for Blockchain Document Transfer (BDT) fully supports API integration with third-party applications. In fact, 100% of all platform’s functions are provided through API calls, and everything is well documented.
Document repositories, archives, and the InterPlanetary File System … and blockchain!
22 Sep 2021
On the CargoX Platform, trade documents will be transferred through something called blockchain, stored on something called an InterPlanetary File System (IPFS), accessible in a digital document repository, which also can be seen as a central digital archive. All this at almost the speed of light. What does it all mean?
What is a single-window system and how does it help business and governments?
7 Jul 2021
An overview of what is a single-window system, and how does this trade facilitation concept allow international traders to provide information for various official agencies through one single point of entry to fulfill all import-, export-, and transit-related regulatory requirements.
How can digital twins help you test electronic bills of lading?
26 Feb 2021
The concept of digital twins in shipping industry is well know for optimizing performance and analyzing various events. Similarly, an electronic bill of lading can be a digital twin of a paper document - and at the same time, it is so much more. See for yourself how you can use this approach to test and implement the CargoX Platform in your business!
CargoX included in Trade Finance Global (TFG), World Trade Organization (WTO) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) publication Blockchain & DLT in trade: Where do we stand?
15 Feb 2021
CargoX is proud to be included among the finest blockchain (distributed ledger technology, DLT) projects in global trade, as seen by Trade Finance Global (TFG), World Trade Organization and International Chamber of Commerce.
The Time is Now: Widespread Adoption of the Electronic Bill of Lading
9 Feb 2021
The most important logistics project in history needs the best transparency
9 Dec 2020
What will happen and what could happen in managing one of the largest challenges in global logistics - manufacturing, distributing, and keeping track of the Covid-19 vaccines?
The legality of an electronic bill of lading
11 Nov 2020
How is a blockchain bill of lading created and transferred? What are the legal implications of this method? This article by Patrick Vlacic, Ph.D., a maritime legal expert, and Bojan Cekrlic, Chief Technical Officer, explains it all.

Your free demo session with our experts

Please fill out the form below, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Trying to download the logo?

We have a better idea! Find high quality visuals in our press kit section.

Visit press kit