INTTRA has launched the Universal Carrier Access (UCA) network, a service designed to increase efficiencies for shippers, forwarders and all carriers. UCA enables any INTTRA registered shipper or forwarder to transmit shipping instruction data to any carrier in the world at no charge to either party. The launch of UCA follows a six-month pilot program that incorporated over 50 carriers and their customers and was designed to leverage the INTTRA platform to reach all carriers using a single, standard process.
With 22 of the world's largest ocean carriers connected to its network, INTTRA represents over 61% of the ocean freight capacity among the world's top carriers. INTTRA initiates more than 125,000 container orders each week and handles over $10 billion worth of freight each year.
"Many shippers and forwarders are still sending transactions to carriers in a conventional way, via fax and manually keyed file attachments. UCA enables shippers and forwarders to send a Shipping Instruction using INTTRA's industry standard PDF format--a process that is significantly less likely to contain or result in errors compared with traditional methods," said Yuji Furusawa, INTTRA's Director of Product Management.