Shipping portal

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Shipping portals are web sites which allow shippers, consignees and forwarders access to multiple carriers through a single site. Portals provide bookings, track and trace, and documentation, and allow users to communicate with their carriers. In many respects, a shipping portal is to the maritime industry what a global distribution system (GDS) is to the airline industry.


Shipping portals first emerged in 2000-2001 when CargoSmart, GT Nexus and INTTRA Inc. all launched their trial phases.[citation needed]

Portal members[edit]

Membership across the three main shipping portals comprises 30 carriers of varying sizes, but the majority are amongst the world's largest, so most of the industry's TEU capacity is represented.[1]

Carrier[2] TEU CargoSmart GT Nexus INTTRA Inc.
Maersk / Safmarine / MCC Transport Singapore 2,005,000 YesY YesY YesY
Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) 1,521,000 YesY YesY YesY
CMA CGM / Australian National Lines (ANL) 976,000 YesY YesY YesY
China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) 497,000 YesY YesY YesY
Hapag-Lloyd 488,000 YesY YesY YesY
American President Lines (APL) 470,000 YesY YesY
China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) 455,000 YesY YesY YesY
Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) 420,000 YesY YesY YesY
Hanjin / Senator Line 382,000 YesY YesY YesY
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) 380,000 YesY YesY YesY
Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) 356,000 YesY YesY
Hamburg Süd / Aliança 318,000 YesY YesY
K Line 316,000 YesY YesY YesY
Yang Ming Line 311,000 YesY YesY YesY
CSAV / Libra 299,000 YesY YesY
Zim Line / Gold Star Line 277,000 YesY YesY
Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) 265,000 YesY YesY YesY
United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) 150,000 YesY YesY
Wan Hai Lines 123,000 YesY YesY
Emirates Shipping Line 25,000 YesY
Crowley Maritime 19,000 YesY
Deutsche Afrika-Linien (DAL) 11,000 YesY

Sailing schedule search engines[edit]

No portals can access all shipping lines. With around 250 container shipping lines world-wide, many carriers are left out. Sailing schedule search engines have emerged to allow users to find an appropriate service.[citation needed]

See also[edit]