A pre-advice system that will improve truck processing and traffic flow for transporters carrying export containers into the Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT) and the Cape Town AgriRoro Terminal (CTAR) became mandatory on 1 October 2012, after a one-month roll-out period.
Pre-advising is a paperless means of administering exports entering the terminal and improves the fluidity of the supply chain. Brenda Magqwaka, CTCT Terminal Manager, said all shipping lines and agents would have to comply with the requirement to pre-advise Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) of their container information.
“However, it is still the responsibility of transport companies, exporters or their agents to contact their shipping line for details of their pre-advice procedure requirements. During the one-month roll-out period, transport companies were regularly notified that their trucks would be turned away should they fail to comply after 1 October,” she said.
Shipping lines are able to pre-advise TPT of their container number, seal number and weight, using any of two technology platforms – either the computerised NAVIS terminal operating system, or Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between the shipping line and TPT.
TPT has also been working closely with the harbour carriers division of the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) to ensure transporters are aware of the processes.
The pre-advice system replaces the old Container Terminal Order (CTO) paperwork for export containers, but not for over-sized and special cargoes (known as out of gauge or OOG containers), or those carrying hazardous materials or dangerous goods under the IMDG (International Maritime Dangerous Goods) Code.
Pier 1 and Pier 2 at the Durban Container Terminalsand the Ngqura Container Terminal in the Eastern Cape have been operating pre-advice systems since October 2011 and October 2009 respectively and have reflected increased efficiency. Another benefit is that the pre-advice system works hand-in-hand with other high-tech systems introduced at these terminals.
Velile Dube, General Manager: Operations for the Western Cape, said: “We would like to thank shipping lines and transporters for supporting the export container pre-advice initiative. This will ultimately make a positive contribution to improving the road/terminal interface, reducing vehicle processing times, ensuring accurate and complete capturing, as well as reducing amendment fees and documentation processing.”