NY&NJ Port Authority Links Electronic Data Exchange To Hamburg, Germany

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a major marine terminal operator in the Port of Hamburg, Germany, have successfully linked their Electronic Data Exchange (EDI) systems to create an international interchange of oceanborne cargo information. The announcement was made by Lillian C. Liburdi, Port Department Director for the Port Authority, and Peter Dietrich, chairman of Hamb u r g e r Hafen and Lagerhaus Aktiengellschaft (HHLA), the Hamburg Port Warehouse Corporation.

Mr. Liburdi said, "It's been only two short years since the Automated Cargo Expediting System (ACES) began serving the New York-New Jersey Port community, and it is now able to accept information from carriers and shippers in Europe." Other northern European ports, which also serve clients using the New York-New Jersey Port and have electronic data interchange systems compatible with ACES, have expressed interest in future linkages.

The ports of Le Havre in France, Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and Bremen in Germany have entered into agreements to establish test linkages with ACES through the General Electric Information Services (GEIS) network.

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