Krishnapatnam Port on the east-coast of India announced that it is all set to go paperless by implementing “e-Xpressway” for its container operations.
A cloud based electronic platform; e-Xpressway has been developed by Gateway Media, a knowledge management company which is into publication, conferences and market research for the last one decade in the shipping industry to speedup container terminal operations by digitizing the end-to-end documentation processes related to containers. It provides a first-of-its-kind service by digitizing the end-to-end documentation processes involving all the stakeholders of the maritime trade – Vessel operators, container operators, Terminal, CHA, Freight Forwarder, CFS, Transporter, Empty yards, etc, for export and import containers moving by both road or by rail.
According to a research, while the shipping industry has an excellent infrastructure for smooth movement of shipping containers, it lacks facilities for the seamless movement of container documentation from source to delivery. Several man-hours are spent in physically transmitting an estimated 200 documents for shipment of a single container from source to destination making the industry extremely inefficient and unreliable.
e-Xpressway provides a cloud-based online access to Vessel operator, Container Operator, Terminal, CHA, Freight Forwarder and all the other stakeholders for generating and processing forms and for gating the container in and out of terminal. Besides it also offers online approval of containers for customs and online form generation for export and import by road and by rail containers.
The Cloud based solution acts as a centralized docking station to all the stakeholders such as Vessel operators, Container operators, CHA, Freight Forwarders, CFS, Terminal operator, Empty yards, etc., to access and process the container documents thereby eliminating inefficiencies in the process. Each stakeholder can simply log in to e-Xpressway to complete their respective activities which will automatically push the activity to the next concerned stakeholder. The platform provides transparency by providing the real-time status of the container documentation stages and their completion. It also enables QR code generation for easy scanning and processing the transactions at the terminal gate and thereby cutting the long queues.