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Stevedores announce electronic import delivery orders start-up next month

<p>Stevedores Patrick and DP World have confirmed that as from February 1, industry will be able to take delivery of cargo from the wharf by using electronic Import Delivery Orders (eIDO). </p> <p>In a process not dissimilar to the existing export Pre Receival Advice (PRA), Patrick and DP World will receive this information electronically via 1-Stop’s electronic message gateway. </p> <p>As a result of the discussions with the shipping line community through their representative body Shipping Australia, a process has been agreed whereby once the shipping line has received payment for the cargo and settled all other commercial requirements, they will generate the electronic delivery order or ‘authority to deliver’ message to 1-Stop who will then forward this authority to the relevant terminal. </p> <p>This message, which will contain an authority number or PIN, can also be forwarded to the importer or their appointed agent if so requested by the shipping line. </p> <p>With the paper delivery order no longer required at the terminal gate, the transport operator will only need to link the PIN to the booking within the Vehicle Booking System or quote it upon arrival at the terminal gate to obtain delivery of the cargo.</p> <p>DP World’s managing director Jack Williams said this process would provide immediate industry wide benefits, including increased security over cargo and further gate transaction efficiencies. </p> <p>General Manager of Terminals for Patrick, Doug Schultz, said the implementation of electronic delivery orders was another step toward a more efficient R&#38D process and was necessary if they were to further improve the service offered to the road and rail users of the company’s facility. </p> <p>It is expected that up to 10 shipping lines will be ready to participate in the eIDO process as from the February 1, with the others to commence over the ensuing months in 2007. </p> <p>In the meantime, the existing gate processes will continue until individual shipping companies advise their clients that they will be participating in the eIDO process.</p> <br />