APM Terminals (APMT) has begun to roll out its truck appointment API starting with data for its terminal in Los Angeles, as it looks to drive supply chain efficiency.
The API automatically connects the customer’s transport management system directly to TERMPoint, the terminal operator’s standard truck appointment system.
By looking to deliver seamless integration, customers can immediately access the information required for efficiently managing terminal truck appointments.
With real-time information directly from the terminal, it can also help reduce transit times and associated costs, noted the company based in The Hague.
In addition to saving time and effort, APIs also remove the chance of human error that can occur when manually copying information between systems, it added.
Wiebe-Jan Kloosterman, landside digital solution manager at APMT, said: “Using APIs not only removes the manual errors that occur when copying and pasting between different systems.
“But having a complete set of real-time data all in one system, can help flag errors or oversights before they occur, through for example, real-time reporting.”
The truck appointment API enables customers perform appointment tasks currently carried out manually through TERMPoint.
These include viewing available time slots; creating, updating and cancelling appointments; and producing a list of appointments, appointment information and updates for a requested timeframe.
Appointments can be made for empty container pick up and drop off, import pickup and export drop-off.
According to operator, when combined with data from other APIs it offers such as vessel schedules and import availability, the truck appointment API can become a “powerful tool” for reducing the time a container takes to transit through the container terminal.
Data is currently available for APMT Los Angeles and will be rolled out for other terminals in 2021.