Port of Hamburg Introduces Slot-Booking System for Container Truckers

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Today, all four Port of Hamburg container terminals introduce a time slot-booking system for handling container deliveries and collections by truck. Hamburg is the first port in Germany to implement such a system to optimize truck handling. Up to now, ports in the USA in particular, as well as a few terminals in Europe, Far East and Australia, offer a slot-booking system.

With the introduction of this system at the Port of Hamburg, all haulage contractors for container deliveries and collections at HHLA Container Terminals Burchardkai, Altenwerder and Tollerort as well as Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg, must immediately agree to a time window. The trucking planners notify the requested transport time via an EDI interface or slot-booking website to the relevant terminal. If there is enough capacity at the time given – the slot can be booked for the truck.

Each time slot lasts one hour, within which the truck is handled with maximum priority at the container terminal. If the driver misses this slot then he is handled with lower priority, provided there is capacity at the terminal. If the driver arrives late, the slot is lost and he must rebook the slot. Hamburg’s slot-booking system is structured so as to offer truckers the highest possible flexibility. Slot cancellations, rebookings or exchanges and additional bookings are possible by agreement with the terminal.

With the new slot-booking system at the Port of Hamburg, peak times will be relieved and waiting time reduced. Due to increasing vessels size, more large containerships with capacities of over 20,000 TEU call at the Port of Hamburg. This could mean that up to 14,500 TEU are handled in one ship call, thus leading to container transport peaks to and from and around the Port of Hamburg.

The new slot-booking system should relieve these peaks and spread the truck-handling load equally. The aim is to reduce waiting time for trucks and to offer the haulage companies standardized processes at all container terminals and homogeneous information exchange. At the same time, the capacity of the terminals is to be increased by optimal use of resources and available infrastructure. The time slot-booking system facilitates transparency and makes planning easier for all those involved in the Port of Hamburg.

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