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Manage MSC Shipments from your Existing System Using
our API and EDI Solutions

Streamline your shipments through direct integrations - discover MSC’s full range of services and solutions that can be integrated with your system via APIs and EDIs.

MSC Direct Integrations deliver digital exchange of shipping data and improve businesses efficiency. It helps mitigate the risk of error and reduces the need for repetitive manual data entry and duplication of effort. Available MSC’s API (Application Programming Interface) and EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) solutions provide a secure connection between our system and yours. You can manage your MSC shipments (making the booking and managing ongoing shipments) directly from your existing supply chain management system*.

*Fees may apply

  • Easy to integrate and use

  • Secure and live data exchange

  • Accurate and reliable information

API or EDI: What’s the difference?

Both types of interfaces enable digitalisation and interoperability, the choice between them will depend on your goals and needs. 


EDIs enable large amounts of information to be exchanged as data files via secure protocols, such as SFTP and AS2. It is a popular method for managing file transfers in the shipping industry. MSC EDIs are fully secure, supported and compliant with EDI standards.


APIs support data exchanges of live information in near real-time. They are faster, easier to implement and more flexible. As a result, they can be applied in many complex cases. 

Find out More About our Direct Integration Solutions

Answers to frequently asked questions about the MSC direct integration process.

How long does it take to set up a direct integration?

As a general rule, API connections are quicker to set up than EDI-based solutions. Whichever type of integration you select, we will work with you to define a timeline for connection.

Do you provide any support during and after the connection setup?

MSC provides 24/7 support for the direct integrations we offer to our partners and customers.

Is there a cost for integrating directly with MSC?

Depending on your requirements, setup and maintenance fees may apply. Further details will be provided by our teams as part of the onboarding process. Please contact us via the Direct Integration Request Form.

How can I get access to the API/EDI test data?

Test data is one of the steps in our direct integration onboarding process. You will be able to access our API definitions and MSC EDI implementation guidelines as part of our sandbox environment. This is currently in the process of development, so stay tuned for further developments!

Can I customise the solutions?

Our solutions are designed to address your needs while complying with the standardisation best practices. As such, we do not recommend customised or non-standardised integrations.

What does the MSC Track and Trace API do?

MSC’s Track and Trace API enables customers to automatically connect to their track and trace information via a technical gateway. The API is designed according to DCSA standards.

How do I get connected to the API?

Please submit the required information via the Direct Integration Request Form. Once received, MSC team will contact you to start the onboarding process (fees may apply). 

What if I’m using the older RSS Feed?

Please indicate that you’re a current RSS Feed (web services) customer when submitting the Direct Integration Request Form, including the URL you use to access the information. This will help us to migrate the technical component for your new API connection.

Why can’t I find messages from my local office in the MSC catalogue?

The messages shown in the MSC catalogue are provided at the global level. The MSC API and EDI solutions share information on all shipments, from different locations following the same message standards and harmonised process. Messages, that are managed locally, are not included in this process yet.

Discover our Full Range of Solutions!

Discover the MSC services that can be integrated into your system via APIs or EDIs.

Track and Trace


X12                  315

API                   DCSA T&T v2.2

Commercial Vessel Schedules


X12                  323

API                   MSC Routing Sailings 

Booking Request


X12                  300

API DCSA Booking 2.0
Coming Soon

Booking Confirmation


X12                  301

API DCSA Booking 2.0
Coming Soon

Shipping Instructions


Coming soon

Verified Gross Mass


Bill of Lading Data


Coming soon

Contract Rates

API MSC Contract Rates (pilot)


Not offered from Global Setup

Spot Rates

Not offered from Global Setup

Onboarding is Easy!

Whichever direct integration solution you select, MSC will make the onboarding process as quick and simple as possible.

Direct Integration Process Infographic

Compliant With Industry Best Practices

As a supporter of the main standardization groups within the shipping industry, our Digital Solutions are compliant with the most relevant data standards increasing interoperability, scalability, and cost-efficiency.

Find out more about the standards we follow at MSC:

Founded in April 2019, the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) has been created to simplify and leverage collaboration in the shipping industry by promoting the adoption of harmonized and understandable standards for data and processes. As a founding member of the DCSA, MSC plays an important role in creating and adopting DCSA standards and definitions, including our Track and Trace API.

Maintained by UN/CEFACT (United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business) EDIFact is one of the most traditional standards in the shipping industry. EDIFact provides message layouts, codification lists, and general best practices followed by MSC for more than 20 years. EDIFact is used for the majority of MSC’s data exchange processes.

Chartered by ANSI (American National Standards Institute) the X12 standards are part of the most reliable and known EDI formats in the shipping industry. X12 has been broadly implemented at MSC in our data exchange processes.

Formed by carriers, terminal operators, port authorities and IT companies, SMDG leverages standardization across the maritime industry. It promotes the adoption of existing EDI messages by harmonizing the information carried on these messages. MSC follows SMDG recommendations and codifications, including the TCL (Terminal Code List).

BIC organization promotes safety, security, standardization, and efficiency within the container-shipping industry. MSC follows the consolidated standard for the identification of container owner prefixes and other key codifications besides supporting s the BFC (BIC Facility Codes) as the main set of codes for the identification of Depots in our data exchanges.

Connection partners

At MSC, we see the future as something to build together. We have a partnership with multi-carrier platforms allowing our customers to be connected and exchange information with MSC. Below you can find some of them:



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