What is a PRA?
Pre-Receival Advice (PRA) is form detailing a description of a container prepared by an Exporter, Forwarder, Packer or Trucking Company. PRA message is sent to Terminals when Containerised Cargo is bound for Export or Domestic movement. This message is sent to the Loading Port of departure, who will respond with a message (APERAK) indicating that the PRA was accepted or rejected. You need to have an accepted PRA before your container is allowed entry to the terminal.
Currently, the following terminals that use PRAs are:
– DP World
– QUBE Ports
The benefits to individual exporters and industry have already been well documented, but just to name a few – faster truck turn-a-round times, greater accuracy of information, transparency for all sectors of the transport chain, standardised receival process for both road & rail, and numerous others.
Who uses the PRA service?
The PRA service is a part of the 1-Stop Gateway service, is designed for exporters.
There are two ways that exporters can to lodge their information:
- Option 1: Utilise 1-Stop website where exporters can key export information direct into the 1-Stop system. This information can be validated against the shipping line booking information. This option is aimed at small to mid-range exporters who do not operate an in–house documentation system that has the ability to generate EDIFACT messaging.
- Option 2: Transmit EDI messages direct into the 1-Stop system. The standard messages are the EDIFACT IFTERA V5.4 or a 1-Stop CSV file which can be received direct into the 1-Stop system and can be validated with shipping line booking information. This option is targeted at the larger exporters that have the ability to create and transmit EDI messages.
The PRA Process Flow
Why is the PRA service used?
Automated receival advice procedures have replaced procedures that were carried out by the exporters.