Important Updates on Logistics Traffic Reports

Logistics in the shipping and logistics business can be defined as the management of the flow of goods between the point of origin and the point of consumption to meet the requirements of customers or corporations or the management involving the purchase and delivery of raw materials, packaging, shipment, and transportation of goods to distributors.

For all of the above mentioned to run smoothly, you will agree with me that every area has to work in sync with each other; dealing with onloading, offloading, berthing etc. This can be a lot of work and for that reason it all needs to happen in an organized fashion.

Traffic reports duly inform logistics companies of the empties (empty containers) that would be received at the terminals and their due dates. Also, it contains information such as the routes with less traffic that truckers can follow to meet up with delivery times. Reports like this come in frequently because the status of traffic and at terminals change without warnings so these updates are necessary to keep the business going.

Talking about imports. The traffic reports give the logistic company an idea of when (i.e. ETB) a vessel is expected at the port/terminal.

Here are some of the commonly used terminal for tracking the traffic updates at the terminals:

Estimated Time of Berthing (ETB): It is used to denote the date and time at which a ship is expected to berth at a port/terminal.

Dry cut off: – This date is given as a deadline of some sort, a time to beat, if a vessel isn’t in sight by this time, then it’s possible the vessel won’t be allowed to berth.

Begin receive – As the name implies, it informs us when to start expecting the vessels. For example;

 If the ‘dry cut off’ was set for 16/07/2020 and ‘begin receive’ was set for 3/07/2020 and ETB was set for 18/07/2020, we can say the time a vessel has to get to its port/ terminal is from the 3rd-16th of July 2020.

All these measures are put in place to help increase the rate of productivity for logistics companies and also leave them with happy, loyal and fulfilled clients.

Here are traffic updates from APM Terminals:

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