End-to-end Ocean Shipment Management & Ocean Shipment Visibility

The Descartes eBookings™ solution provides end-to-end ocean shipment management and ocean shipment visibility. The solution is powered by the Descartes Global Logistics Network™ (Descartes GLN™), which brings multiple parties and processes together from the contract to booking phase, through to the tracking and financial settlement lifecycle. The core functionalities of the Descartes eBookings software are: 

  • Rate and Contract Management including profitability analysis and quote management capabilities 
  • Standardized Ocean Transactions to all global carriers and Non-Vessel Operators (NVOs) through various solutions, using a single Standard Message Format (SMF) for bookings, shipping instructions and status events 
  • Data and Document Repository allows for the sharing of transaction data and documents between all parties of the supply chain, including the port community 
  • Shipment Visibility provides the ability to track real-time status updates, generate alerts and create reports. Commercial, regulatory and logistics statuses can be easily integrated with this process 

Key Features: 

  • Electronic bookings with carriers, shipping agents, and NVOCCS 
  • Multiple integration options to internal and external systems 
  • Connectivity with Descartes’ rating solutions for full rate contracting and surcharge management 
  • Re-use of booking data for commercial shipping instructions, inland transport orders, and terminal pre-notifications  
  • Communication of booking confirmations and updates to customers or third-parties  


  • Better analyze procurement and make better booking decisions 
  • Reduce administration time required to make and check bookings 
  • Increase customer service with automated communications 
  • Streamline operations with a single point of access to all carriers 
  • Eliminate duplicate data entry and minimize errors 
  • Re-use information for logistics and compliance-related documents 
  • Improve timeliness and quality of status information 

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