For an import container to be allowed to leave the terminal, there are several release messages (lights) that need to be provided:
Hinterland operators arranging the pickup of the container from the terminal have limited view on the status of these different lights. Transports are therefore mostly based on estimates, without the insurance that it is allowed to pickup the container. This means a wasted transport, a delayed container, and in most case a blind search for green lights.
With improved visibility on the status of the container's lights, forwarders and hinterland operators can better plan ahead and optimise their haulage processes. Container pick-ups can be dynamically switched in the planning and planning can be arranged tighter to the discharge moment, leading to shorter dwell times of the container on the terminal. This benefits the terminal and the final customer who receives his goods earlier and has more transparency.
The NxtPort API makes it possible to receive Green Lights though a single channel for all connected terminals, and makes it easy to integrate this information in your operational software. Apart from the central availability of the data, the NxtPort platform can send push updates when new information becomes available and allows companies to consult the container status through the Green Lights web form.
Container pickup closer to the actual discharge moment, bringing the goods faster to the end customer.
One central API gives access to all connected terminals
Exchanging operational data and planning will improve the overall process, which benefits every player in the chain.
The Green Lights API allows companies (forwarders, importers, transport operators or consignees) expecting import containers at the connected terminals to retrieve the actual status of each container, including details:
Updates can be received via a Push notification after integration with the API, or can be consulted through the NxtPort NMoT console.
In order to subscribe
In order for a container to be released at the terminal, different release messages are provided by different sources. To prevent miscommunications, it is the terminal operator that manages the final release acknowledgement. NxtPort manages the relationship with the terminal and provides the necessary connections allowing to bundle:
As a terminal you can participate to this use case by delivering the necessary information to the NxtPort platform. You can provide this data via your preferred communication means and in your message format, NxtPort ensures a harmonised data set at the side of the data users.
This API is an access-controlled API. This means that your application needs to accommodate an OAuth2 authentication flow between the application user and the NxtPort platform.
The application user logs in to the NxtPort identity component, and your application requests access to the API on behalf of the application user. The NxtPort platform then returns an access token to your application, which can be used to call the API.
To be able to request an access token, your application needs to be registered in the NxtPort platform. Registering an application is currently a manual process, so please contact NxtPort for this. Go to our support desk where you will find all required information on how to get started.
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