Lyttelton Port links with PortConnect for supply chain data exchange

Lyttelton Port in New Zealand has signed up to the PortConnect range of data sharing services to enable improved data exchange with supply chain stakeholders.

With the new system, container and vessel schedule information will be made available to relevant parties via API and XML notifications, with PortConnect directly integrated with container information from Lyttelton Port Company (LPC).

LPC will be PortConnect’s fourth partner port, connecting the supply chain for 77% of New Zealand’s container throughput on a single platform, the company said.

“We know the supply chain is continuing to evolve digitally, and as the largest port in the South Island providing real-time information and services has become increasingly important, especially in this COVID-19 environment,” added Simon Munt, Lyttelton’s General Manager, Container Operations.

“This is a first step in data exchange between LPC and PortConnect and further services may be offered in future as we explore new partnership opportunities with them.”

The new system is fully integrated with LPC’s existing digital processes, using direct system to system data transfer (B2B) to support seamless information flow between shippers, shipping lines and the Lyttelton Container Terminal.

By creating a single platform for container data from the Ports of Auckland, Port of Tauranga, Timaru Container Terminal and now Lyttelton Port, supply chain stakeholders can save time searching for container and vessel schedule information, reducing delays in cargo transport.

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