APM Terminals (APMT) Elizabeth has become the first terminal in the Ports of New York and New Jersey to introduce a truck appointment Application Programming Interface (API).
The API enables customers to perform all appointment tasks currently carried out manually through APMT 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 time frame.
Appointments can be made for import pick-up and drop-off, export drop-off and pick-up, and empty container pick-up and drop-off.
Combined with data from other APIs, such as vessel schedules and import availability, the company said it becomes a powerful tool for reducing the time a container takes to transit through the container terminal to an absolute minimum.
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Using APIs removes the manual errors that can occur when working in different systems, and can help flag errors or oversights before they occur by having a complete range of real-time data all in one system, according to APMT.
The API is also available for APMT terminals in Los Angeles, Gothenburg and Vado Ligure.
APMT Elizabeth announced plans to expand intermodal cargo volumes to and from the Midwest and Canada.
The terminal said it was looking at using a direct-to-rail landing zone section during vessel discharge operations to allow it to expedite rail cargo to its near dock rail facility 12 hours after discharge.