International Transportation Service, Inc. (ITS) and Advent Intermodal Solutions (AIS) are partnering to expand Advent’s eModal community portal to enable automated appointments and predictive visibility for customers at the Port of Long Beach.
The system will provide visibility as to exactly when import cargo becomes available for pickup, in an effort to further streamline the flow of cargo through the supply chain.
The new function will change the PreGate and Appointment processes in eModal by enabling the user to either request an appointment slot or select a pre-arrival notification automatically.
This negates the need to return to the portal to make an appointment after an availability message is received, which is expected to save users up to ten minutes per import container.
The larger time savings lie in the ability to automatically secure a preferred pickup appointment, either a first available slot or an exact date/time.
The project, which is expected to be complete in November, requires ITS to make communication changes inside its terminal operating system (TOS) to enable the exchange of additional information with eModal.
Sean Lindsay, chief operating officer of ITS, said: “With nearly all terminals in the Port already using eModal™ to share container availability and make appointments, we felt it was the obvious place to share data and collaborate.
“By knowing an expected availability window from the TOS, we can now make the associated appointment in one step.”