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Independent Software Vendor since 2001
consulting, software design and implementation development of turn-key software solutions support throughout the entire software lifecycle

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Software and services for the logistics industry:
Freightrate and surcharge management, Quotation, Allocation management, Tender management for Sea FCL and LCL, Air and Land transportation

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consulting, education and mentoring:
highly specialized and experienced in Oracle databases and systems managed services: from rack to application, Oracle Systems and Storage sizing and resale

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MAKING IT EASY TO COMPLY
The new SOLAS requirements implemented in July 2016 makes it a legal requirement to have all containers weighed prior to shipping. In case of a delay in this process, cargo may be rolled or if the weight is provided incorrectly significant fines may be levied against the shipper. PLS has designed the VGM Portal to help our customers experience the least amount of hassle with this process and ensure that they always comply.

 
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Why use the VGM Portal?
  • The VGM Portal connects to 53 carriers directly and securely via EDI

  • Interfaces seamlessly with your TMS and operational processes, thereby increasing productivity

  • Automatically adapts the country specific SOLAS rules depending on the point of shipping

  • Allows both a carrier and forwarders own VGM cut-off times and calculates the estimated times if not available

  • Automatically calculates and learns expected carrier VGM cut-off times if not provided

  • Pro-active information is shared with all parties when VGM information is missing or incomplete

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THE SHIPPER PORTAL
  • Provides Shippers with an online environment where VGM input can be done

  • Via their dedicated Dashboard view, Shippers see which containers are missing information and what is outstanding

  • The VGM Portal is multi-tenant, meaning a shipper could see containers from all their forwarders in one location       

  • Shippers are automatically notified via email or on the Portal that containers are due for VGM details        

  • Escalations can be triggered as the need for information increases       

  • EDI setups can be established between the Shipper, Forwarder and the VGM Portal



 
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THE FORWARDER PORTAL
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  • Seamlessly connects with the Forwarders TMS tool to avoid any manual entry of information

  • Automatically informs the Forwarder in case a shipper is late with a VGM submission

  • Pro-actively informs the Forwarder in case there is still information lacking from their side

  • Provides a Dashboard showing all missing VGM submissions and an Error log in case messages have failed

  • Reporting capabilities allows the forwarder to track performance of their customers



 
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THE TECHNICAL PART
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  • The VGM Portal supports EDIFACT (VERMAS), SOAP/XML or RESTFul service    

  • We allow separate status indicators for the Shipper, Forwarder and Carriers (CONTROL and APERAK)  

  • Allows mass update through CSV file format            

  • Multi-tenant functionality for separated data sets, but single sign-on        

  • 24/7 Help-desk available for all customers      



       
Want to know how the VGM Portal can help your business?