What CargoRouter is
Cargorouter is a route planner for containerized cargo. It creates route suggestions for shipping a container from point A to point B. Similar to a car navigator providing turn-by-turn instructions, Cargorouter generates terminal-to-terminal route suggestions for shipping containerized cargo worldwide.All you do is specify city or town you want to ship cargo from (origin) and city or town you want to ship the cargo to (destination). Cargorouter will retrieve data on nearest container terminals, known and estimated transport connections and by applying a routing algorithm will estimate best alternatives based on cost, transit time, and CO2 emissions.
Cargo routing and estimation of transport costs with transit time is key feature of Cargorouter, but that's not where it ends.
A Marketing Platform for Transport Services
Registered users can add their services (with or without pricing information) to Cargorouter database in order to be included in the search results.
Whenever Cargorouter has information on actual service provider(s) or service offer(s) relevant to any part of the suggested route, such information is provided in route details. As opposed to displaying a blatant advertising to a loosely defined audience, Cargorouter provides this information in form of useful unobtrusive reference to a reader, who is most likely to be in need for this particular service. As such, Cargorouter represents a unique marketing platform for promoting transport services with high expected response rates.
Directory of cargo ports, airports and multimodal rail terminals
To complement its main functionality Cargorouter offers directory with useful information on cargo ports, airports and rail terminals, including location data, codes, known cargo operators and carriers.
About Accuracy of Results
Computation of the optimal route relies on geographic, commercial and operational data as well as a set of rules, logic and assumptions. Routing results can change over time as more data becomes available, market changes occur and routing algorithm improves.
Accuracy will depend, among other factors, on how much recent data is available for particular geographic areas, but it should be understood that routing, costs, transit times and CO2 emissions suggested by CargoRouter are estimations only and should not be used for anything other than reference purposes. Determining actual cargo route involves a large number of constantly changing factors - operational, economical, political, etc. - all of which are impossible to embrace by any single algorithm, no matter how complex and advanced. It is the task of a logistics professional to build the optimal transport chain, but Cargorouter is a good starting point and probably provides the most information one can discover in 30 seconds of research.
On a closing note: due to the high amount of data involved in route computation, a routing request may take up to 30 seconds to process. Please be patient.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Cargorouter provide any transport services?
Cargorouter does not itself provide any transport services and is not associated with any service providers that may promote their services via Cargorouter.
How to route cargo between two points?
Simply start typing name of cargo origin and destination into corresponding boxes in the grey search tab at the top of the page.
Detailed instructions on submitting cargo routing request
As you begin typing name of cargo origin or destination, a list of matching cities and towns will appear. Select desired city/town from the list by clicking on it or by selecting it with arrow keys and pressing 'Enter'.
Alternatively, you can select cargo origin and destination by clicking on the map, which will appear once you set cursor on origin/destination input field or when you select 'map mode' in the menu.
If needed, you can perform advanced search and specify preferred transport mode(s), a terminal via which you would like to route cargo, and terminal that you prefer to avoid. Advanced routing options are available by clicking 'advanced' in the search tab.
Why cargo routes do not show distances?
Cargorouter uses several primary criteria for selection of optimal routes - transport costs, transit time and CO2 emissions. Distance in itself is considered irrelevant.
In what currency are transport costs displayed?
Transport costs (as well as transit times and CO2 emissions) suggested for each route are only an estimation. In order to avoid any confusion, costs are displayed in abstract units and are not directly related to any particular currency. Their purpose is to provide relative comparison of transport costs between different routing alternatives.
Why some routing requests take longer to process?
Cargorouter algorithm processes large amounts of data. Computing time depends on complexity of individual inquiry and number of simultaneous website users. On average, a routing request takes about 3-5 seconds to complete, but at times can take as long as 30 seconds. Please be patient and do not refresh the page as it will only delay processing of your request. If a request takes more than one minute, it is likely that an error has occurred during sending or receiving data, in which case you can try to re-submit your routing request.
Why are there no solutions for my cargo routing request?
Cargorouter relies on known traffic routes and service providers. The amount of information is continously growing but, of course, is not exhaustive and in some cases Cargorouter may not find any routing suggestions. This doesn't necessarily mean that no actual solutions exist. In many cases this means that Cargorouter is not aware of cargo services available for the requested regions. Registered users are encouraged to add their cargo terminals and transport services to be included in route calculations.
Some tips to enhance your experience
Toggling between text mode and map mode
You can always switch between text and map modes by clicking on the 'txt mode' and 'map mode' links in the menu bar.
Using advanced search
You can expand search options by pressing 'advanced' in the search tab. By doing so you will be able to select preferred transport modes as well as specify cargo terminals, via which to route cargo or which to avoid. Note: closing advanced tab will reset advanced options to their default values.
Selecting cargo origin and destination from drop down list
Once you start typing name of cargo origin or destination, a list of matching cities will appear. You can select desired city from the list by clicking on it with your mouse or by using up and down arrow keys on your keyboard and pressing 'Enter' to select highlighted choice.
Selecting cargo origin and destination directly on the map
You can select city or town of origin and destination by clicking directly on the map. When you click on a map region, a list of nearby cities/towns will appear. Click on the desired city to select it or (if you don't see city you were looking for) click on the map again to make list of cities disappear.
When logging in, you can jump from username to password field by pressing 'Enter' on keyboard. After username and password have been specified, you can either click on 'Log in' button or press 'Enter' again.