Namely, the API will allow data to be transmitted within seconds from the terminals’ operating systems directly to customers own transport management or logistics systems.

In light of the situation, David Francis, APM Terminals Head of Digital Customer Solutions noted:

We have co-developed our APIs with customers looking for real-time data to give them better visibility at the container terminal level. By creating better integration with our data through APIs we can improve decision-making for our customers and remove supply chain inefficiencies, which are costing the industry billions each year.

Amid COVID-19 outbreak and the cargo issues that presented, APM Terminal is making APIs available to track import availability at container level, including container data, estimated time of arrival and date of discharge from the vessel, the status of the container, any holds on the container, and whether a truck appointment has been made.

Never before, has speed and visibility been so key for improving the flow of goods and managing expectations.

....David Francis continued.

Concluding, the first locations to support the import availability and vessel schedule APIs are APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles, California and APM Terminals Mobile, Alabama, the company’s US Gulf gateway to the Southeast, Midwest and Central Canada.