What is container tracking?

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Containers have democratized the transport of goods from one point to another. A wide range of products can be shipped safely in these metal boxes whether by sea, rails, or truck.

If containerization has proven to be an effective method of intermodal transportation, some unexpected events can happen and cause delays. Indeed containers pass through many hands from a warehouse to the final consignee.

To offer greater visibility on this supply chain, every step is now monitored and recorded thanks to the use of trackers. JM-LL01 provide in real-time the exact location of a container and information on the movements.

Global Positioning System (GPS) technology is connected to transmit the latitude and longitude via cellular or satellite networks to software. The condition of cargo is also monitored by the use of sensors that measure the temperature and humidity. As the journey of the container on the ocean can last several weeks, trackers are powered with long-life batteries. In order to make them last for a greater period of time, the frequency of notifications can be set.

You can choose to receive updates at regular intervals instead of live. These notifications are related to the main status changes: the loading of the container, departure of the vessel, or arrival in the port of destination. In case of opening/closing of the container door, an alert is immediately generated by the system.

All these features to enhance container tracking are benefits to better control the freight of goods through the supply chain: security and risk management are enhanced, costs are reduced, customer service is improved, it’s a time-saving solution.

1. Enhanced security and risk management

Fortified Security Measures and Risk Management
Through the timely reception of alerts, companies can ensure the safeguarding of their cargo against theft or damage, enabling them to anticipate potential consequences and take prompt remedial actions.

Trackers gather valuable data that can be meticulously analyzed to enhance business protocols and implement proactive measures:

  • Steering clear of specific halt zones during truck transportation to and from the port terminal.
  • Ensuring the terminal holds the ISO 28000 Supply Chain Security Management System certification.
  • Striving to load containers door-to-door onboard vessels to thwart unauthorized access.

The definitive indicator of a security breach lies in the integrity of the seal. Following the completion of stuffing, a security bolt compliant with ISO 17712 must be securely fitted.

Each seal is assigned a unique identification number, duly listed on the Bill of Lading. Upon receipt, consignees, in thorough collaboration with tracking solutions, must scrutinize the seal’s condition and verify the concordance of the identification number with the one documented. Notably, the seal can be tampered with and reassembled using specialized tools.

Instances of such tampering are more prone to occur if the container remains stationary on the terminal for an extended period. Users of tracking solutions possess the ability to make strategic arrangements upon detecting any deviation from the intended course or identifying a vulnerable situation.

2.Costs reduction

In the pursuit of cost reduction, the integration of advanced tracking technology, exemplified by the JM-LL01 Asset GNSS Tracker, emerges as a transformative solution. Real-time container tracking not only enhances operational efficiency but also significantly mitigates demurrage, detention, and port storage charges.

Demurrage and Detention Efficiency

Demurrage, incurred when a container overstays on a port terminal, is a costly affair. Port congestion often results from poor container tracking, disrupting the entire organizational flow. The JM-LL01 ensures accurate tracking, allowing timely container movements and preventing unnecessary demurrage charges. Likewise, detention fees, applied when a container fails to return to the terminal on time, are curtailed with precise tracking facilitated by the JM-LL01.

The fees, fixed on a daily basis and varying across countries, represent compensation to the shipping line for the idle container that generates no income.
Port Storage Charges Management

Port storage charges, another financial burden, commence when a container remains stationary on the terminal beyond the free time period. This period varies from port to port, necessitating prior information to avoid unforeseen expenses. Additionally, in cases of transshipment delays, where a container awaits loading onto another vessel, port storage charges accrue as payment for the occupied space on the ground.

In logistics, these charges escalate, especially in congested terminals. To alleviate these costs, the JM-LL01 offers real-time data on container location, enabling proactive measures to address delays or advancements during transit.

In essence, the integration of the JM-LL01 Asset GNSS Tracker not only streamlines logistics operations but becomes a strategic ally in cost reduction by minimizing demurrage, detention, and port storage charges. The live tracking capabilities empower stakeholders with timely information, fostering a more efficient and cost-effective supply chain.

3.Improved customer service

Elevated Customer Service with JM-LL01: A Supply Chain Game-Changer

Central to a robust supply chain is customer satisfaction, a pinnacle achieved through understanding and fulfilling client needs. In the realm of container shipping, effective communication of shipment information is paramount for customer contentment. This is precisely where innovations like the JM-LL01 Asset GNSS Tracker play a transformative role.

Empowering Customer Expectations

For customers, placing an order signifies an expectation – timely and intact delivery. Modern solutions like container tracking, exemplified by the JM-LL01, become instrumental in meeting these expectations. Companies leveraging such advanced tools not only enhance client trust but foster enduring partnerships. The increased visibility into the supply chain assures customers that promised deadlines will be met, if not exceeded.

Data-Driven Efficiency

Beyond simple tracking, the data collected by the JM-LL01 is a goldmine for companies aiming to streamline operations. Analysis of this data facilitates the reduction of delivery times, a crucial factor for remaining competitive in the market. The optimization of routes is a primary strategy, ensuring more efficient choices and eliminating unnecessary container movements.

Optimized Inventories for Swift Responses

In addition to route optimization, the JM-LL01 aids in meticulous inventory management. A clear and accurate view of available goods empowers businesses to respond swiftly to high demand, avoiding stockouts. Instant notifications provided by the JM-LL01 enable clients to anticipate delays or unforeseen events, allowing them to make arrangements promptly and minimize or avoid additional costs.

In essence, the JM-LL01 becomes a catalyst for improved customer service, offering not just real-time tracking but a comprehensive data-driven approach to optimize logistics operations. Companies employing such solutions elevate not only their supply chain visibility but also their ability to meet and exceed customer expectations consistently.


Efficiently obtaining information about the status of numerous containers across various carriers has traditionally been a time-consuming task. Navigating through multiple tracking websites, manually inputting container, bill of lading, or booking numbers, and the lack of live updates introduce complexities and potential inaccuracies into the process. Real-time tracking of the ship becomes an additional step for precise arrival predictions.

However, the advent of container tracking platforms, epitomized by the JM-LL01 Asset GNSS Tracker, has transformed this tedious process into a seamless and time-saving operation.

Centralized Information Hub

Gone are the days of visiting multiple tracking websites. With container tracking platforms, including the JM-LL01, all the latest updates and historical records are centralized. This provides a comprehensive overview of the entire fleet, transcending shipping lines and limitations.

Enhanced Data Accuracy and Efficiency

The JM-LL01 not only ensures live updates but also eradicates the need for manual data entry and the potential for inaccuracies. The platform offers a consolidated view, eliminating the need to track each container individually, saving considerable time, especially when dealing with dozens or even hundreds of containers.

Effortless Communication and Notification

Beyond individual container tracking, the platform serves as a powerful communication tool. Automatic notifications to involved parties eliminate the need for extensive phone calls or emails. This not only reduces the risk of misunderstandings between stakeholders but also minimizes inquiries for customer services. The result is an enhanced ability to address urgent requests promptly, significantly increasing overall responsiveness.

In essence, the JM-LL01 not only streamlines container tracking but becomes a catalyst for overall time efficiency, allowing businesses to redirect valuable hours towards more productive endeavors.

Why Jimi IoT

JimiIoT is a leading IoT solutions provider, offering a range of products and services to help businesses and individuals improve efficiency, productivity, and safety. Their product range includes GPS, asset, and vehicle trackers, supported by cloud-based platforms, mobile apps, and customized solutions. With a focus on innovation and customer satisfaction, JimiIoT has become a trusted partner for businesses and individuals worldwide, providing the products, services, and expertise needed to succeed in today’s fast-paced business environment.

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