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March 14, 2018

Port of Oakland building online portal to speed up cargo movement

Port of Oakland officials are working on a digital shipping platform, to be ready by mid-year, to speed up global trade flows.

The Port said it's building an online portal for transactions that range from tracking to transporting containerized cargo. The move aligns with an industry migration toward digitalization of international supply chains for the sake of efficiency.

The Port previewed its portal - called a digital collaboration platform - at an American Association of Port Authorities meeting in Oakland last week. Port officials said it would provide a single window for cargo owners or freight haulers who want to:

 • Get personalized cargo status updates;
 • Check ocean vessel schedules;
 • Pay freight-handling fees; or
 • Make appointments to pick up containerized cargo.

"This is the next big thing in global trade," said Oakland Senior Project Administrator Eric Napralla. "It's a common platform - one place where everyone can go to more easily view and direct their shipments."

Development of the portal is already underway and it will roll out in phases, the Port said. It projected a third-quarter 2018 launch date for the site.

Source: Port of Oakland