42 Hinterland Container Notification – Road

Pre-notify containers at sea terminals, inland terminals and depots. This service is available via internet and API system interface.


  • A single entry point and uniform working method for all terminals
  • Gain immediate insight into the progress of container pre-notification and the visit
  • Request container status before submitting your pre-notification (at terminals that offer this service)
  • Possibility to submit pre-notification details via smartphone

API system interface
In addition to a web solution, it is possible to use Hinterland Container Notification via an API system interface. Portbase chooses APIs as a new standard for data exchange and connectivity. Compared to EDI, message exchange via APIs is faster. In addition, the API technology makes it easier to implement adjustments. You or your software supplier can find the specifications and instructions here. Hinterland Container Notification API replaces the Road Planning EDI service.

Are you still using Road Planning EDI?
Keep in mind that the phasing out of Road Planning will take place in November 2019.
In order to be able to keep pre-notifying your containers undisturbed at the terminals, it is therefore important that you start implementing the API links required for MCA Road as soon as possible.

We realise it will not be possible for everyone to make the switch in time. To support users like yourself in this process, we are offering an API converter as a temporary solution from early November 2019. This will require no further action on your part. However, please note that the temporary converter will not provide the aforementioned benefits of a direct link. The API converter is linked to HCN Road. After you enter the data in EDI, it will automatically be converted to API format so that the prenotifications can be received in HCN Road. You do not need to install any other software or make any adjustments to your in-house system for this purpose. Just to be clear: the API converter is intended as a temporary solution only. Its use will be free of charge for the first year.

Important! Do you also use the Road Planning web pages? In early November 2019, we will migrate you to the HCN Road web pages automatically. You will receive the necessary instructions in advance.

We automatically transfer your existing subscription to the new MCA Road.

Request a slot time at RWG, APMT MVII or APMTR
When submitting your pre-notification, you can simultaneously request a slot time at RWG, APMT MVII or APMTR. This allows the terminals to make optimum use of their available capacity on your behalf.

Back-up service for road hauliers
In case of unforeseen disruption to the regular service, road hauliers like yourself can use a back-up service to submit pre-notifications to ECT Delta, ECT Euromax and Rotterdam World Gateway. You can access the back-up service (when necessary) via this link. At any time, you can click here to request a password for accessing the back-up. We recommend you to do this immediately. That way, you’ll be able to use the back-up service right away when you need it. Learn more here.


Questions about this service? Feel free to ask!

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  • Containers
  • Import
  • Export
  • Web interface
  • System interface
  • Target groups
    • Terminal
    • Road haulier