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American ShipperShipping

Maersk to use Avantida platform for street turns

The carrier will use the Belgium-based service to approve the triangulation of containers in the United States and Canada.

   Avantida said Tuesday that Maersk Line will begin to offer street turn or container triangulation services through its computer platform in the United States and Canada. Avantida is owned by E2Open, which acquired the shipping portal INTTRA in 2018.
   Antwerp-based Avantida has been in business for about five years. It began in Belgium and today offers its service in 10 European countries and last year expanded into Mexico.
   Overall, the platform counts on more than 4,000 registered companies and facilitates an average of 2,000 transactions a day.
   Luc De Clerck (pictured above), the chief executive officer of Avantida, said, “Since there are a lot of benefits for all of the stakeholders in the supply chain, we believe what we have implemented in Europe will also be very effective in North America.”
   De Clerck said his company’s platform is connected directly with liner companies and that if a request is made to perform a street turn, “you get an immediate response, an automated response from the back-end system of the ocean line, including all the business rules, and you are also 100 percent sure that you can execute the street turn and not be at risk for fines and discussions afterwards on who is responsible for a box during a certain time.”
   He noted that a number of companies offer street turn services, including MatchBack Systems Inc. in the U.S. and Box Reload in Europe.
   “These operate mainly to find matches between transport companies, whilst we are the interface to the ocean lines,” he said. “They try to find street turns in the community between transport companies or logistic service providers, and when a match is found someone has to request approval from the ocean line where that can happen, and we are platform that handles these requests to seek approval from the ocean line.”
   There is growing interest in street turns or matchbacks, which Matchback Systems says are created when an import container is paired with an export booking without going back to a port or container yard.
   They can lower drayage costs, result in improved utilization of drivers and equipment and reduce emissions and port congestion, said  Todd Ericksrud, the president of MatchBack Systems, a Green Bay, Wis.-based logistics software company that has been in business since late 2016 and focuses on the repositioning of empty marine containers.
   “There is a black hole, a lack of transparency in the industry that is costing $20 billion globally for empty repositioning,” he said. “But 45 percent of all exports have significant distance that can be eliminated through street turns and matchbacks.”
   The company saids each matchback eliminates $150 to $400 of direct cost, an additional $200 of indirect cost and 400 pounds of harmful CO2.
   Erickrud said Matchback systems receive about 30,000 records or requests from importers or exporters looking for a matchback of a container and has about 700,000 potential pairs and combinations for matchbacks that it goes through each day. On a daily basis it is able to create 500 to 900 matchbacks.
   “We work to find the optimal solution that is going to solve the problem,” with assistance artificial intelligence and predictive analytics, he said.
   The company seeks to find high-volume, high-value matchbacks that are recurring.
   Earlier this month MarchBack announced a technology partnership with Trinium Technologies, a provider of enterprise software to the intermodal trucking and container drayage industries.
   Last week the Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) expressed concern about fees some carriers are planning to impose on street turns of equipment next month.
   In a statement issued yesterday, AgTC said “fees imposed on street turns must be one of the least constructive, poorly considered steps conceivable: It injures all, including the carriers themselves, by adding to congestion and delay which already makes marine terminals at some of our largest ports, the greatest challenge to the US export/import supply chain. Penalizing street turns threatens one of the only measures available to shippers, carriers, terminals, truckers to address the unending congestion.”
   But De Clerck said charging fees for street turns is a common approach in Europe.
   “All major ocean lines charge for street turning boxes,” he said. “It’s a common practice that for this flexibility and advantages we give to the users of the box — be it transport companies or other users, there is a fee charged.”
   He said the fees are defined by individual lines, but he said fees announced by Hyundai and ZIM — of $50 and $40, respectively — are similar to what are charged in Europe.

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Chris Dupin

Chris Dupin has written about trade and transportation and other business subjects for a variety of publications before joining American Shipper and Freightwaves.
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