APM Terminals (APMT) Mobile, US, has rolled out a truck appointment API.
The API automatically connects a customer’s Transport Management System (or equivalent) directly to APMT’s truck appointment system.
The API uses real-time information directly from the terminal, shaving previous time off transit times and associated costs.
APIs can also remove the chance of human error that can occur when manually copying information between systems.
APM Terminals Truck Appointment API enables customers to perform all appointment tasks currently carried out manually through APM Terminals Truck Appointment System, such as viewing available time slots; creating, updating and cancelling appointments; and producing a list of appointments, appointment information and updates for a requested timeframe.
Appointments can be made for import pick-up and drop-off, export drop-off and pick-up, empty container pick-up and drop-off, chassis pick-up and-drop off – currently only for APM Terminals Mobile.
Combined with data from other APIs offered by APM Terminals, such as vessel schedules and import availability, it becomes a powerful tool for reducing the time a container takes to transit through the container terminal.
“Using APIs not only removes the manual errors that can occur when working in different systems,” says Denson White, Director of Customer Engagement at APM Terminals Mobile.
“But having a complete range of real-time data all in one system, can help flag errors or oversights before they occur, through, for example, real-time reporting.”
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The API uses a two-step authentication process involving system and user-level authentication.
All end-users must therefore be registered as authorised users on TERMPoint, where an authorisation key for the API will be stored. This enables the API to validate that the user is a valid TERMPoint user, associate the user to a trucking company and a terminal and validate the user’s permissions in TERMPoint.
System level authentication is done using a Consumer key, which can be requested by a software provider or trucking company in our developer portal.
APM Terminals Truck Appointment API is also available for APM Terminals Los Angeles, APM Terminals Gothenburg and APM Terminals Vado Ligure.
Last week APMT announced it will develop a container terminal in the Port of Suape, Brazil.