Automatic Entry Processing - The rail customer sends EDI-417 waybill files. These files are automatically processed into the rail database and a cargo control number is automatically assigned (calculated from the car number and the waybill date). After the cargo control number is validated, it is automatically submitted to Customs (by sending an EDI-309 file – Customs manifest).
Amendments/corrections are also processed automatically/electronically – via the same process.
Manual amendments and corrections are also processed. The system forces the users to submit any amended data to Customs prior to exiting the option.
Secure, AWS cloud infraestructure, Daily Backups, SSL encrypted tunnelling with login and password procedures and user-specific menus determine which options are assigned.
Audit Logs -Any actions are logged into the transaction log for every bill of lading and consist. Therefore a complete history is available.
Automatic Parties processing - Shipper, consignee, broker and other party information is automatically processed from the EDI-417 files. Tables can also be used that will also automatically assign brokers for specific shippers or consignees. Line release tables are also available. These can be as specific or general, as preferred.
Automatic Response Processing. For cars entering Canada – Canada Customs sends back an EDI-824 message (Application advice) and that is automatically processed into the rail database. The bill status is updated and logged.
Rail advance interchange consist - The rail customer also sends EDI-418 (rail advance interchange consist) files. These files are automatically processed into the customer’s rail database and the train ID is automatically assigned (calculated from the train symbol, a table in the system and EDA provided in the file). After the consist is validated, it is automatically submitted to Customs (by sending an EDI-358 file – Customs consist information).
Automated e-mail processing lists for processing cargo control documents, processed/rejected consists, and CUSREPs. The customers can be notified automatically (via e-mail) of any problems or errors on their cars, containers or trains.
A variety of reports are also available. The most common are Inward Train reports, Outward Train reports, Broker Entry status reports, Report of cars on-hold, and Manifest Errors reports. Customer-specific customized reports are also available.