APM Terminals expands API capabilities

APM Terminals reports that it has increased the number of terminals providing data via its range of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), and added new APIs for Export Booking Enquires and Container Event History to the list of available options.

The company first launched its APM Terminals API and Data Services store earlier this year, to remove the need for customers to look up information manually via existing Track & Trace channels, saving time for supply chain stakeholders while also increasing the accuracy of the information being shared.

“Reliable, real-time data is the key to meeting [customer] requirements,” said David Francis, APM Terminals’ Head of Digital Customer Solutions.

“APM Terminals’ modern, industry-leading APIs enable our customers to pull real-time container status data from its Terminal Operating Systems, into their own internal ones – a Transport Management System for example.”

“Most importantly, access to the latest data available in the supply chain improves planning and helps meet customer expectations.”

The company’s new Container Event History API provides a log of ‘events’ from the moment a container is entered in APM Terminals’ system to the moment it exits the terminal via rail, road or vessel.

For example, this could include container damage being recorded, customs holds being applied or released, VGM (verified gross mass) being assigned, or the container being available in the yard for collection.

The new Export Booking Enquiry API provides data feeds at both booking and container level, including information about the shipping line and vessel, such as vessel name and Estimated Time of Departure (ETD), as well as cargo data such as ISO code, size, VGM and quantity.

Data is currently available for terminals in Nigeria, Sweden, Costa Rica, Italy and at three US ports, but is expected to be made available for most of APM’s terminals by the end of 2020.

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