GT Nexus signs APL Logistics

GT Nexus signs APL Logistics

APL Logistics, a provider of supply-chain management services, has begun using the Web-based GT Nexus portal to process bill-of-lading information for ocean shipping, the latter said Wednesday.

The portal's e-commerce system is one of several that connect APL Logistics with multiple ocean carriers around the world. The system's benefits include efficient carrier management, fast response and excellent data quality for customers worldwide, according to GTN.

"Partnering with GTN gives us the advantage of one connection to many carriers," said K.Y. Cheng, senior manager of service integrity for APL Logistics. "It simplifies communication. We don't have to deal separately with many different carrier systems."

Besides serving as the contract of carriage, the bill of lading also plays a primary role in compliance with new Homeland Security regulations, particularly the advance manifest filing rule. Under this mandate, shipping lines must provide Customs and Border Protection an electronic manifest describing all cargoes 24 hours before the ship is loaded.