Freight transport management

e-communities in freight transport

Advances in ICT supported interoperability solutions present opportunities for:

1.  Different stakeholders that co-operate according to pre-existing agreements to integrate their processes and systems more efficiently;
2.  Companies who have not worked together before (that includes authorities too) to set up dynamic logistics networks and to coordinate their operations with loose connections.
Freight transport management utilising advanced web based technologies is aimed at supporting:

1.  Transport users (shippers and receivers) to specify transport demand and arrange direct or combined transport services most suited for their purpose. Anyone that needs transport services; manages shipment/ consignment arrangements, books transport services and follows up the execution of transport services.
2.   Transport service providers in all modes to provide information about their service offerings and exchange information electronically with all relevant actors through planning, executing and completing transport operations including regulatory bodies. Ship- truck- Rail- IW service providers that register in advance  their services in a ‘standardised’ way in specific business networks (or in transport portals);  manage vehicle bookings; provide cargo monitoring information, and report progress
3.  Logistics providers (freight integrators / forwarders) to coordinate transport (plan, coordinate  execution, manage completion)  to satisfy transport user requirements utilising efficiently available transport services taking into account port/ terminal, logistics, traffic, other environmental  and regulatory conditions. Any party that provides logistics services and manages the internal and external goods flows for retailers, manufacturers and material suppliers. Logistics providers can take the role of transport user or transport service provider.
4.  Port and terminal operators (sea and land ports and intermodal terminals) to facilitate the best possible use of the complete port /terminal infrastructure and services. Port and terminal operators can be regarded as transport service providers.
5.  Support service providers to support all transport stakeholders by providing relevant information about all conditions affecting transport planning and execution control.