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.
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).
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