LBCT offers the trucking community an API to integrate key data on container availability and appointments.
Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) has announced it is making API’s (Application Programming Interfaces) to three key data points available to the wider trucking community directly. At the moment most trucking companies rely on notifications being pushed from terminals for data like container availability and manually checking websites for status updates. There is some “system to system” integration through the eModal port community system, but LBCT is taking its own path with APIs that offer direct integration with its own systems to facilitate the process of dispatching trucks to the terminal.
There are three key APIs being offered today, LBCT explained: “container availability, appointment creation and pre-arrival information. Benefits of the new platform include automatic creation of appointments as soon as containers become available, automatic cancellation of appointments that cannot be kept allowing for that time slot to be made available to other truckers and automatic grouping of appointments to facilitate dual transactions”.
LBCT tested and validated the APIs via its own proprietary Trucker Portal website, and they have been successfully integrated with key Truck Management System (TMS) providers including Compcare, Trinium and Profit Tools.
LBCT President Anthony Otto said the API’s were developed to improve upon the Terminal’s ease of doing business with the truck drayage community at large, and that LBCT is the first terminal operator at either the Port of Los Angeles or Long Beach to offer an API solution “as a modern interface for trucking companies to integrate with their terminal operator partners”.
“Key to the company’s overall strategic goals, this new platform allows for the efficient and even flow of data between trucking companies and the MTOs. It provides the ability for drayage companies to meet the high demands of its BCO customers while simultaneously enabling LBCT to consistently process trucks with the harbor’s shortest truck turn times. Since the opening of its new facility, LBCT has held the top position amongst all international container terminals in quickest turn times, according to the Harbor Trucking Association’s (HTA) Truck Mobility Data powered by GeoStamp,” LBCT stated.
“LBCT has once again proven that it is committed to making its facility the most efficient anywhere,” said Robert Loya of NFI who also serves as President of the HTA. “Not only has the Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project delivered an unparalleled level of efficiency in the supply chain, but their new truck interface platform is exactly the type of solution we have been asking for.”
Mario Cordero, Executive Director at the Port of Long Beach added that, “LBCT continues to be an industry leader in working with the drayage community to realize greater efficiencies that impact the entire Port ecosystem.”
More API’s are in the pipeline. “An additional development currently underway is to make new APIs available which would include the ability for LBCT to push information out to the TMS which would eliminate the need for a truck driver to provide information such as container number, seal number, time container was delivered, and the time a container was received and more,” LBCT added.