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Match empty import containers: Share a reuse with another transporter or find convenient matches based on distance!

Content

1. General info. 

2. How to offer an empty import container. 

        2.1 check the list of posted export bookings. 

        2.2 post your offer. 

                2.2.1 choose one of the matches proposed by the system.

                2.2.2 leave your offer for other transporters to accept. 

3. How to search for an empty import container. 

        3.1 check the list of posted export bookings. 

        3.2 post your export booking. 

                3.2.1 choose one of the matches proposed by the system.

                3.2.2 leave your export booking for other transporters to accept. 

4. Cancel your post.



1. General info

Avantida gives you the option to share a reuse with a colleague transporter. That means that you can offer your empty import containers to other colleague transporters in the neighborhood for their export booking and that you yourself can search on the platform if another transporter is offering an empty import container for your export booking.


2. How to offer an empty import container

If you have an empty import container that you cannot re-use yourself, you can offer it to other transporters in the neighborhood  who can then reuse it for their own export booking.

You have 2 possibilities to offer your container: 

  • check in the list if any transporter in your neighborhood is looking for a container 
  • actively post your offer for other transporters to find.


2.1 check the list of posted export bookings

Login to platform.avantida.com, go to the application ‘match empty containers’ and choose the tab ‘Any available offer/search’. You’ll be looking for posts with the tag 'EXPORT BOOKING' in front of them.


Use the filters to check if someone has posted an export booking for a container that corresponds with your offer.

  • Location
  • Post type: export booking
  • Container size
  • Container type
  • Shipping line


If you find a match, simply click on the 3 dots next to the post and choose ‘take it’



You will be redirected to our normal reuse form that is partially filled out already with the details provided by the other transporter (export booking, import location etc.)

Complete the form and click on submit


You now have a normal pending reuse request in your reuse overview. As soon as the shipping line approves it, you will be given the contact details of the other transporter by mail and in the tab ‘history of matches’ so you can make arrangements to hand over the container


In this scenario, you file the reuse request, so you pay the reuse price defined by the shipping line, but no other costs will be charged for offering the container.


2.2 post your import container

if you haven’t found a convenient export booking in the list, you can also actively post your import container so that other transporters can find it in the list or the system can propose matches with other posts.


click on the button ‘add import container/export booking’ and choose ‘add import container’




Fill in the required fields:


  • shipping line
  • import location,
  • current location,
  • container number and type.
  • Share until: Please make sure that, if nobody takes your offer, you still have enough time left to bring the container back to the designated depot yourself! We advise you share until the day before the deadline.


Click on 'add import container'


The offer will appear in the tab ‘proposed matches' for you and in 'any available offer/search for other transporters.


You now have 2 options:


  • You choose one of the matches proposed by the system
  • You leave your offer for other transporters to accept


2.2.1 choose one of the matches proposed by the system

In the overview ‘proposed matches', matching options will be proposed to you:

  • either with an export booking post from another transporter: You click on 'match' and you will be shown a reuse form that you can complete and file. Once the shipping line has accepted it, you will be given the contact details of the other transporter to give them the container


  • or with an alternative drop-off location: the system will offer you an alternative drop-off location in your area. Once you click on 'match' you will be shown the drop-off request form that you can complete and file.



The expected price will be shown (subject to change) 

In both cases, you file the reuse/drop-off request, so you pay the price defined by the shipping line, but no other costs will be charged.


2.2.2 leave your offer for other transporters to accept

If none of the proposals match for you, the offer will stay visible for other transporters.


When another transporter takes your offer, they file reuse request for it. Once that reuse has been approved by the shipping line, you will receive the contact details of the other transporter in your request and per e-mail, so you can agree where and when to hand over the container.


In this case the other transporter files the reuse request, so they pay the price defined by the shipping line. No other costs will be charged for the sharing of the reuse.


3. How to find an empty import container for your export booking


3.1 check the list of posted import containers

Login to platform.avantida.com, go to the application ‘match empty container’ and choose the tab ‘Any available offer/search’. You’ll be looking for posts with the tag 'IMPORT CONTAINER' in front of them.


Use the filters to check if someone has posted an offer for a container that corresponds with your export booking.

  • Location
  • Post type: offer
  • Container size
  • Container type
  • Shipping line





If you find a match, simply click on the 3 dots next to the post and choose ‘take it’


You will be redirected to our normal reuse form that is partially filled out already with the details provided by the other transporter (container number etc.)

Complete the form and click on submit


You now have a normal pending reuse request in your reuse overview. As soon as the shipping line approves it, you will be given the contact details of the other transporter by mail and in the tab ‘history of matches’ so you can make arrangements to collect the container from the other transporter.


In this scenario, you file the reuse request, so you pay the reuse price defined by the shipping line, but no other costs will be charged for offering the container.



3.2 post your export booking

if there is no convenient offer for you in the list, you can actively post your export booking so other transporters can find it in the list:


click on the button ‘add import container/export booking’ and choose ‘add export booking’

You choose for the option 'add export booking'

Fill in the required fields:


  • shipping line
  • export location
  • desired location,
  • booking reference and type.
  • Share until: Please, make sure that, if nobody takes your search, you still have enough time to pick-up the container assigned by the shipping line, to load it at your customer’s and to bring it to quay. We advise you share at least until the day before closing.



The export booking will appear in the tab ‘All available offers’ for other transporters to see and in the tab ‘Proposed matches' where it’s visible for you.


You now have 2 options:


  • You choose one of the matches proposed by the system
  • You leave your export booking for other transporters to accept


3.2.1 choose one of the matches proposed by the system

In the overview ‘proposed matches, matching options will be proposed to you:

  • either with an import container post from another transporter: You click on 'match' and you will be shown a reuse form that you can complete and file. Once the shipping line has accepted it, you will be given the contact details of the other transporter to collect the container


  • or with an alternative pick-up location: the system will offer you an alternative pick-up location in your area. Once you click on 'match' you will be shown the pick-up request form that you can complete and file.


The expected price will be shown (subject to change) 

In both cases, you file the reuse/pick-up request, so you pay the price defined by the shipping line, but no other costs will be charged.


3.2.2 leave your export booking for other transporters to accept

If none of the proposals match for you, the export booking will stay visible for other transporters.


When another transporter takes your export booking, they file a reuse request for it. Once that reuse has been approved by the shipping line, you will receive the contact details of the other transporter in your export booking post and per e-mail, so you can agree where and when to collect the container.


In this case the other transporter files the reuse request, so they pay the price defined by the shipping line. No other costs will be charged for the sharing of the reuse.


4. Cancel your post

To cancel you just click the button ‘remove’