In what comes as an important development, top ports- MBPT, NMPT, container freight stations and ICDs are now live on API with PCS 1x.
API Integration was undertaken by many forward thinking units for same-time transfer of information between their operating software and PCS1x.
MD of IPA (Indian Ports Association) Dr. Janardana Rao recently confirmed that JNPT has now moved to API with all 17 operational API messages which cover all the operational requirements of the port and its stakeholders.
As India’s top Container Port that handles about 200 vessels a month, JNPT has long been at the forefront of tech adoption in the country.
This enhancement is primed to bring real time experience for data availability and acknowledgements in case of errors while message transmissions. Always a strong proponent of PCS 1x, JNPT generates a huge volume of transactions and e-payments on the platform.
With this go-live, JNPT and PCS1x have ensured the future road map for API integration is set for other ports which are already testing with PCS 1x for API Integration.
New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) is also close on the heels and due to go live with API very shortly. NMPT handles bulk, break bulk and container cargoes and is an important port in south west of India.
CFSs and ICDs perform a vital role in the consolidation and evacuation of Exim cargoes and serve various ports of India. PCS1x has message exchange with over 200 facilities across the nation via EDI/SFTP.
API Integration enables real time flow of important documents and instructions exchanged, like Agent Delivery Order, IGM, Bills of Entry, Out of Charge, Shipping Bill, Let Export Order, Container Gate In / Out report, Equipment Interchange Report for CFS and Agent Delivery Order and Container Gate In / Out report messages for ICD, etc.
The integration assists remote working further by reducing human interaction, minimising the exchange of hardcopy documents for verification, reducing data loss, and the time lag from one system to the other.
Whereas earlier there was a possibility of gaps and delays due batch processing of some of these documents / exchanges – now it is real time and completely automated. It has thus also helped in building a trusting and collaborating culture thereby encouraging support and commitment between PCS 1x and CFS and ICDs.