Monday, October 22, 2012

Pre Advice for Container Freight to Speed Road Haulage Operations

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SOUTH AFRICA- The success of pre advice systems when processing export containers which was introduced at the Ngqura Container Terminal in the Eastern Cape in October 2009 and Pier 1 and Pier 2 at the Durban Container Terminals two years later, has meant the roll out of a similar process at the Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT) and the Cape Town Agri RoRo Terminal (CTAR) after a one month trial period. The system is intended to speed road haulage operations and for general box freight shipping lines are able to pre-advise Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) of their container details using one of two technology platforms, either the computerised NAVIS terminal operating system, or Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).

Pre-advising is a paperless means of administering exports entering the terminal and improves the fluidity of the supply chain and the pre-advice system replaces the old Container Terminal Order (CTO) paperwork for export containers, but not for over-sized and special cargoes (known as out of gauge or OOG containers), or those carrying hazardous materials or dangerous goods under the IMDG (International Maritime Dangerous Goods) Code. TPT has been working closely with the harbour carriers division of the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) to ensure transporters are aware of the processes.

TPT says the system improves truck processing and traffic flow for transporters carrying export containers and during the recent one-month roll-out period, transport companies were regularly notified that their trucks would be turned away should they fail to comply. Velile Dube, TPT’s General Manager Operations for the Western Cape, said:

“We would like to thank shipping lines and transporters for supporting the export container pre-advice initiative. This will ultimately make a positive contribution to improving the road/terminal interface, reducing vehicle processing times, ensuring accurate and complete capturing, as well as reducing amendment fees and documentation processing.”

Photo: Velile Dube, General Manager Operations for the Western Cape at Transnet Port Terminals.