Ashdod Port Company will operate a new service which enables discharge of full shipping containers from the port using electronic messages. This is one of the most important and efficient messages under the Nalan system (paperwork-free port) which is currently being operated at the port. In fact, a system of accompanying documentation messages and feedback messages is been used by the port for over a year, but starting from June 10th, 2010 discharging shipping containers from the port will only be enabled via use of electronic messages.
The process will be very simple. After receiving all permits and authorizations, which are currently delivered via electronic messages as well, an accompanying document message will be sent to the container owner. When receiving the message, the custom agent will send the details of the transportation company that will handle the shipping container discharge to the port. The port system will confirm acceptance of the message and will deliver a feedback message to the transportation company and the custom agent. When the transportation company receives the message, it replies the port with the details of the delivery agent. The truck driver may arrive and pick up the shipping container from the port. This message enables the custom agent to manage the shipping containers' discharging straight from its office, without arriving to the port and the location unit.
According to the major general (retired) Ya'akov Raz, Head of Ashdod Port directorate, "Ashdod Port Company continues to prove it is the leading port company in Israel in providing services for its customers, and one of the most advanced and technologically leading companies currently operating in the market. Beyond the technological novelty, we focused on expanding the green activity circle in the port, and maximal reduction of paper wasting we will continue to operate for expanding the range of services we provide to our customers, emphasizing electronic services."
Shuki Sagis, CEO of Ashdod Port Company, noted that "this is another step the company takes for the benefit of its clients, which serves as a true novelty. Operation of the message saves the custom agent use of personnel and unnecessary waiting. In addition, the use of electronic message simplifies the process of documentation delivery to the transportation companies. The message enables the port, custom agents, and transportation companies to be informed with the quantity of shipping containers planned for discharge in advance, and to better plan their work."