API: Your digital interface for carrier shipping

Do you operate an online store or would you like to make your internal shipping processes more effective? Then you are exactly right here!

With our interfaces for freight forwarding, you can automate the entire shipping process. Inquiries as well as orders by mail or via an online form are now a thing of the past.

What is an interface or an API?

The terms interface and API can be used synonymously.

The abbreviation API stands for Application Programming Interface. Through a programming interface, a software system can be made available to other programs for connection to the system.

In simpler terms, the interface enables communication between two programs. An API establishes communication at the source code level and thus in real time. Information is exchanged between an application and individual program parts.

Accordingly, an interface is a transition point from a software system to other programs that is made available for connection to the system. Data exchange or data processing takes place via this interface. In companies, interfaces are used to connect different systems with each other. This allows the systems to automatically interact and communicate with each other. Processes can be automated and simplified in this way, for example.

The interface is programmed once by a developer and then works automatically. Thus, the API does not come into contact with the user, but processes received data and transmits the respective results back to the system.

For example, the ordering process in an online store is realized through various interfaces. In the following steps, different systems communicate with each other and the API can:

  • Inquire about the creditworthiness of the customer with a credit card report
  • conclude an insured shipment
  • carry out the payment options
  • order a forwarder via Cargoboard

The Cargoboard API

The Cargoboard API is an interface through which other tools can be connected to Cargoboard. So with this API you have the possibility to let your merchandise management system, your online store or ERP system communicate independently with our platform. Take a look at the documentation or use the contact form should you have additional technical requirements.

Your advantages with the Cargoboard interface

For digitization, data must be available and processed in real time. And that’s exactly what an interface makes possible. This means that processes run faster, more precisely and without pauses. This saves time and gives companies a competitive edge. APIs foster collaboration with additional stakeholders to generate value for the business. In addition, APIs can bring in new revenue by implementing new business models.

The Cargoboard API is an interface through which other tools can be connected to Cargoboard. So with this API you have the possibility to let your merchandise management system, your online store or ERP system communicate independently with our platform.

This allows you to query prices and issue them to your customers in real time, submit automated orders, generate barcode labels, or query shipment status. This saves you the manual shipping processes. If you run an online store, the interface can be integrated directly into your shopping cart and ordering system. You can also use the interface to query freight prices at product level and issue them to your customers or include them in your own quotation.

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Our interfaces

Price query

Automatically calculate transport prices and transfer them to your system or issue them directly to the customer.

Convert offer to order

Place order on the basis of a previously made price inquiry.

Place order via API

Order shipment automatically via interface.

Create forwarding order

Retrieve shipping order for a specific shipment number.

Create barcode label

Retrieve barcode label for a specific shipment number.

Shipment tracking

Retrieve current shipment status and status history of an order and / or notify customers.

Retrieve invoice

Retrieve transport invoice for a specific order or a specific period of time.

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To include the interface

Connecting the interface between your system and ours is quick and easy using our online documentation. The API documentation is available online and contains possible requests and the responses returned. There is also the possibility to check individual requests via a test system.

The Cargoboard API is freely accessible to people who have a Cargoboard account and are thus registered as customers. The necessary authentication data are your e-mail address with which you have registered at Cargoboard and an API key which will be assigned to you by us.

If you have any questions about the connection or our interfaces, please feel free to contact us by simply filling out our contact form.

Frequently asked questions about the shipping interface

How much will it cost me to use the shipping interface?

The interface and our support in the connection is accessible to you completely free of charge. You pay, as usual, only the freight price agreed between us.

What are the next steps if I want to connect to the API?

The interface and our support in the connection is accessible to you completely free of charge. You pay, as usual, only the freight price agreed between us.