Bilateral EDI

Bilateral EDI – A win-win connection

A global supply chain requires fast reaction to new business requirements. The best answer is with a direct system-to-system interchange, or a so-called “Bilateral EDI” connection (a directly connected electronic data interchange) that delivers efficiency gains for your company.

Customizable solutions

Our focus is placed on your transport chain processes, from procurement to finance.  We aim to find the best fit for your specific requirements by mirroring your specific workflow.

How it works

  1. Step: You’ll first be in contact with our e-Business experts. They will provide you with professional consulting and qualified support. The goal: finding the best ways to match your individual business processes with ours.

  2. Step: We then arrange structured EDI messages that provide a direct data exchange between your IT system and the Hapag-Lloyd system.

  3. Step: You enjoy reduced manual work and efficiency gains from your direct connection to Hapag-Lloyd.
  • Minimizes manual data entry and avoids the need for multiple data input.
  • Time and cost savings through standardized processes.
  • Better transparency of your transport chain.
  • Reduces errors and improves data quality.
  • Assists in reducing paper consumption and increases productivity.
  • Ideal for coverage of complex cargoes / hazardous goods.
  • Professional consulting and qualified support by our EDI project team.

For further details please contact your local Hapag-Lloyd Sales office or your Customer Service Representative today.

When looking at the introduction of useful EDI messages, we focus on your transport-process and endeavour to mirror your specific workflow with our inhouse processes to fit your specific requirements.

Hapag-Lloyd offers professional consultation to ensure mutual agreement on the best solution package to be achieved for your company; this may also involve further complementing e-Business features from our “toolbox” of e-Mail and web-solutions.

Below you will find, for illustration purposes the main typical process steps and touchpoints supporting your logistical needs, exemplary for EDIFACT.

EDI supports the Transport Chain

Please find below an overview of our main EDI message types and the customer value they can create for your business.

Hapag-Lloyd supported EDI messages

Requirement EDI message name Message description Customer value
Obtain Schedule Data IFTSAI or ANSI 323 Frequently updated Schedule data Automatic update of Customer ERP system with latest sailing vessel schedule data.
Submit Booking IFTMBF or ANSI 300 Customer Booking Request message with necessary detail commonly required to arrange for transport Drives efficiency and better data quality through electronic submission,
avoids double input of Booking details, can be generated directly out
of Customer ERP system, speeds up processing, avoids fax-or email
Receive Booking Confirmation IFTMBC or ANSI 301 Confirms or declines Booking Request Provides full detail of confirmed Booking with all relevant details of
complete Routing Plan and automatic adoption of data in Customer's ERP
Submit verified container gross mass VERMAS (alternative IFTMIN or ANSI 304) Customer send verified container gross mass Comfortable solution to provide the mandatory container total true gross
weight information to the carrier as this information is mandatory
safety requirement
Submit B/L Instructions IFTMIN or ANSI 304 Customer message with detailed Shipping Instruction for B/L creation Significant efficiency gains through electronic submission, individual
customizing, enhanced data quality, minimizes B/L Draft Cycle efforts,
avoids duplication of data, supports faster Document turnaround time
Obtain B/L Data / Contract Status IFTMCS or ANSI 310 Provides Contract Status / B/L data Allows Customers to use B/L data for inhouse processing and
electronically share same with Business Partners, saves time and
additional communication efforts
Receive Status events / Tracing IFTSTA or ANSI 315 Delivers latest status on container or vessel events
Comprehensive scope for all main events along the complete
transport-chain, can be individually customized, may include dynamic
vessel events, provides timely and proactive information to support
Customer Business steering and visibility.
Obtain Freight Invoice IFTFCC or ANSI 310 Provides full detail of Carrier freight invoice IFTFCC is a modernized EDI Invoice for greatly improved detail and
customer usability; it eliminates hardcopy invoicing, facilitates usage
of data for payment / accounting processes directly in Customer ERP
system and supports leaner workflow process.
Get Arrival Notification IFTMAN, ANSI 312 or freighted ANSI 310 Provides advance notification of arrival for customer shipments Informs about shipment details in support of IMPORT view prior to
Vessel arrival; permits steering of import process directly in Customer
ERP system, and offers combination with invoice details on "collect"
charges when "freighted arrival notice" is used
Technical message-receipt Information CONTRL or ANSI 997 Constitutes a message that verifies if transmitted EDI data has been adequately received Supports customer's need for assurance on frequent monitoring of data flow and early detection of any network problems.

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