Currently, planners obtain much of this additional information by visiting the websites of individual terminals and shipping lines. This is very time-consuming and does not always yield the accurate data required for optimal container planning. Especially at present, with large-scale disruptions of sailing schedules, increasingly larger ships and congestion in the port, it is almost impossible to properly plan. The ambition is to make available all the data that the planner needs via HCN.
Enhancement also includes change
When the service HCN was introduced, it was decided to use APIs for the service provision to transport companies that work with a system interface. Previously, this was done via EDI for the services Road Planning, Barge Planning and Rail Planning. Participation in HCN via EDI will remain possible until the 31st of December 2022 via an EDI converter, but this is emphatically a sub-optimal solution. Switching to API means:
- Direct full use of HCN.
- Access to all current and future additional data compared the predecessors of HCN. When using the EDI converter, these extras are only available through HCN’s web screens.
- After discontinuation of the EDI converter, no forced choice to fully perform pre-notifications via the web screens.
Software suppliers will gladly assist transport companies to manage the transition from EDI to API.