CUSCAR messages are sent by the ship's agent to the customs to declare the goods that will have to be discharged from the vessel in the port of call. The information in the message defines the cargo in full detail. Today, this information is passed through the supply chain point-to-point, mostly unstructured and in some cases not even digital.
The aim of the Import Consignment Data API is to expose the information that is available in the CUSCAR messages, so it can be re-used digitally by any party dealing with the cargo. With a key based on the BL number, the data can be gathered from the NxtPort platform and re-used in any application, eliminating retyping, human errors, mistakes in structure and semantics, and so on.
Port authorities could get an aggregated overview of the cargo streams in their port.
Inland transporters can use this information to manage their internal data systems.
Forwarders are able to see which of their goods have already been declared by the ship's agent. They can then also re-use the cargo information to declare goods to customs without errors and create transport instructions.
Ship's agents can get an overview of which of their goods have already been temporarily declared. This will reduce penalty fees from customs.
Customs brokers can reuse the cargo information to declare goods to customs without discrepancies and create transport instructions.
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