Enjoy more visibility and collaboration when key supply chain partners join the TradeLens platform.
In this article
Information for client partners
Many companies in the supply chain management (SCM) industry often interact with each other. Traditionally, though, there’s been no efficient way of connecting them, since individual organizations have different account management processes and architecture.
Through our partner feature, we aim to connect this ecosystem and become the digital backbone of the global SCM industry. This functionality starts a process that allows network members to own these relationships. It also facilitates the sharing of shipment data and trade objects.
Use the platform to search for your clients and suppliers, and establish a partnership. You’ll be able to:
- Search and invite companies also part of the TradeLens platform to become partners
- Choose whether to be searchable or not
- Choose whether to accept or reject partnership requests
- Refer to a partner using a party identifier – either user specified, or system generated
Once a partnership has been established, the party identifier can be used to give the party access to a trade object, like a shipment, consignment, or transport equipment.
Read our guide to establishing a business partnership: How to establish a business partnership
Supported supply chain partners: roles, requirements and limitations
- Create the ocean consignment on the platform, if ocean visibility is the goal
- Publish event and document information to the platform
- Identify the scope of the 3PL, eg booking agent, publishing, or consuming milestones
The scope will determine how the entity is mapped, as well as the corresponding platform permissions.
Customs house brokers (CHBs):
- The CHB provider must be included in the carrier booking as the notify party, or the client will need to use the rules base access engine to permission the broker
- Access and publish relevant documents
- Publish events to TradeLens using the booking number or container number
Non-onboarded ocean carriers:
- Create the ocean consignment on the platform
- Can be onboarded to provide milestones, or to provide structured documents
Learn the difference between structured and unstructured documents here: The difference between structured and unstructured documents
- Requirements and limitations determined by the TradeLens customer