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Top 10 reasons for tracking your cargo with Crux Systems

You have a lot of options for getting information about your shipments. So why should you track your cargo on the Crux Systems platform? Here's our top 10 reasons why tracking cargo with Crux Systems is better.

10. We simplify container tracking

To get started, sign up for an account and track up to 25 containers a month for free. To add containers to your dashboard, simply upload a CSV file with your container numbers and any other information you want to add as custom tags.

We'll track your containers and automatically update your dashboard with the most current information. So no matter which North American terminal your cargo is destined for, we've got you covered.

9. We search for your containers so you don't have to

We believe a container tracking service should be full service - which is why we do the leg work behind the scenes and then let our system automatically track the containers.

You can also get notifications for containers that need your attention because of a delay, upcoming last free day, or other issue.

8. We have the most accurate data

Up to 30% of ocean cargo data is either incomplete, missing, or flat-out wrong. To deal with this, we aggregate and normalize data from multiple sources, and our operations team handles the remaining exceptions.

With redundant sources of data in place, we're able to provide the most complete and accurate data about North American ocean cargo available today. 

7. We have more data than anyone else

While other services may provide basic location tracking, that's not enough information to help you manage your supply chain more efficiently. We provide a complete picture of what's going on with your cargo, including vessel ETA, availability for pickup, last free day, and more.

We also make it easy for you to add other key data for your shipments (such as purchase order numbers, bills of lading, customer IDs, or anything else) so you can sort and track your shipments based on the information that matters most to your business. 

6. We identify containers with potential problems

Sometimes things go wrong. The question is - how can you easily find out when your containers that have issues, especially when you're trying to track 50, 100, or even 1,000 containers at a time.

Our algorithms identify containers with issues that need to be addressed, so you can deal with potential problems before they cause costly delays.

5. We save you time and money

Missing crucial information, such as a container’s last free day in the terminal before demurrage fees are assessed, or details about holds or other issues with your cargo, can result in delays and fees.

With better visibility into a container’s location and status, you can do better planning. One of our customers was able to reduce their average dwell times from four days to less than two days, and reduce their demurrage fees by nearly $40,000 in one quarter due to the efficiencies they gained with better data.

4. We make sure details don't slip through the cracks

Unless you're getting real-time updates about your cargo, it's impossible to stay on top of the changes. You can't predict the unexpected.

Maybe your container has been rolled and is going to arrive late, or your container has been accidentally offloaded at the wrong terminal. When things go wrong, you'll be glad you're tracking all of your cargo from a single place.

3. We make it easy to access and share data with APIs

Rather than setting up and maintaining integrations with dozens of different sources (or manually looking up information), all you need is one integration with our API or access via the dashboard in order to get real-time updates for all of your container information.

We've done all the work to integrate with the myriad sources of information about import containers so you don't have to.

2. We help you collaborate with your team

In order to make it easier for teams to collaborate and track their containers, we've added organization accounts. Now, everyone at your company can track the same containers without duplicating each other's efforts or emailing spreadsheets back and forth.

You can also create customized lists for your team and download your data as a CSV file to use and share any way you want.

1. We can provide information when other sources go dark

When disruptions happen, like when systems go down or when a terminal deploys a new interface, you can still access your data on the dashboard. We use multiple sources of information, so even if there's an issue with one source, our back-up solutions maintain a base line of information about your shipments.