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INTTRA: Over a million containers used portal in September

INTTRA (visit www.inttra.com) e-commerce portal for ocean freight, reported that it had a record-breaking month in September with more than a million container transactions initiated through its portal. In total, the INTTRA portal is expected to process more than 10 million containers in 2007, doubling last year's volume of containers and which INTTRA says represents 10% of global ocean container trade. INTTRA says it expects similar volume growth in 2008.

According to Ken Bloom, INTTRA's CEO and president, the platform's rapid adoption can be attributed to expanding the geographic and product footprint, with significant growth coming from China, India, South America, and emerging markets in South East Asia and Africa. In particular, the introduction of new INTTRA products, such as an offline PC based Desktop Shipping Order for China and upgraded e-commerce tools for electronic Shipping Instructions are boosting growth as carriers, shippers and freight forwarders enjoy the efficiency of a streamlined, electronic process that allows them to consistently communicate in the same format.

"INTTRA's recent momentum is a testament to the evolving landscape for e-commerce and its move into the mainstream of shipping," said Bloom. "In today's global environment, electronic commerce has evolved into 'everyday' commerce for modern business, and as significant volumes are achieved greater efficiencies can accumulate across the industry."

According to INTTRA, its carrier network continues to expand. INTTRA enables companies of all sizes to manage bookings, access sailing schedules, submit shipping instructions, review bills of lading, create standardized reports, and track and trace shipments around the globe.

INTTRA was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in New Jersey in the US. INTTRA's e-commerce tools include Tender, Sailing Schedules, Booking, Shipping Instructions, Bill of Lading, Track & Trace, and Reports. Accessing the INTTRA platform is through any combination of their channel solutions: INTTRA-Link (EDI-based, system-to-system connection), INTTRA-Desktop (off-line PC application), or INTTRA-Act (web-based application).

INTTRA's carrier network includes, Alianca, ANL, CMA CGM, CSAV, CSAV NORASIA, Deutsche Afrika-Linien, Emirates Shipping Line, FANZL, Hamburg Sud, Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd, Hapag-Lloyd, "K" Line, Libra, Maersk Line, MCC Transport Pte Ltd., MISC, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A., NYK Line, Safmarine, Senator Lines, and United Arab Shipping Company. INTTRA says that more than 200,000 container orders are initiated on the INTTRA platform each week, representing almost 10% of global container trade.