Hong Kong's principal container terminal operator is extending electronic services to more carriers in a bid to make services more efficient. Hongkong International Terminals, the largest handler, has extended its electronic data interchange link service to Uniglory Marine Corp., an affiliate of Taiwan's Evergreen Marine Corp., and compatriot Wan Hai Lines Ltd.
'The EDI extension will connect HIT's billing system with the payment processing system of (Uniglory's) local agent, Evergreen Star Hong Kong Ltd., and Wan Hai's head office in Taipei, and will enable both parties to enjoy a substantial improvement in accuracy, productivity and efficiency of the whole invoice processing cycle,' HIT said in a statement.'Customer service is what we are focusing on right now,' managing director Eric Ip said. 'Through initiatives like this we hope to assist shipping lines to meet the new challenges presented to the shipping industry, a major one of which is to be more efficient and effective in operations.'
Electronic data interchange for invoicing was introduced in August at Evergreen via Evergreen Star. Uniglory and Wan Hai become the second customers to benefit from the technology.
HIT has been pushing electronic technologies to improve management at its terminals. It launched Hong Kong's first barge identity card system and a mobile terminal message service earlier this year.
The company, a unit of Hutchison International Ports Holdings Ltd., doesn't provide throughput figures until the end of the year. It typically handles over half of Kwai Chung's annual total.
Figures from the Port Maritime Board show the main Kwai Chung container complex processed 9.69 million TEUs in the first 10 months of the year, up 13.7 0.000000rom the corresponding period in 1999. Overall, including the River Trade Terminal and midstream operations, throughput is projected to reach 18 million TEUs this year, a gain of 11%, a board spokesman said.
Total throughput in 1999 rose 11% to 16.2 million TEUs, with Kwai Chung gaining 7.7% to 10.3 million.
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