How to Add Containers

Modified on Mon, 26 Sep 2022 at 09:47 PM

Adding Containers via Portcast Web App


  • Method 1: Manual Entry
  • Method 2: Bulk Upload via CSV
  • Other Methods

To begin tracking your containers on Portcast, you will need to upload the containers you would like to track. To do so, visit which will bring you to the Container Tracking module.

If you are already on the app, click on the following icon,which will redirect you to the container tracking module.

Next, click the [ + ] button on the top right-hand corner of the page. From here, you may choose the method most suitable for you in adding containers. 

Method 1: Manual Entry

Step 1: If you are uploading a small number of containers (up to 7), you can simply input your container details directly into the cells provided.  

Our system requires the following

  • Carrier number 
  • Container number 
  • BL [optional]

Our system supports various input configurations, check out this dedicated article to learn more about the trade offs of using one over the other.

Step 2: Once you’ve input this data, click DONE. Our system will start processing your containers.

Method 2: Bulk Upload via CSV

Step 1: To upload large quantity of containers from an existing file, drag and drop your file to this section of the page, or click Browse Files and add your document. Note: you may also use Portcast sample file by clicking on 'Download Sample CSV'. 

Step 2: The next screen allows you to map columns in your file to the key fields: Container number, Carrier number, BL number. 

Step 3: Once you’ve made the selection, click DONE. Our system will start processing your containers. If the upload has been successful - you'll see the following success message.

If you don't see the following message, check out the Troubleshooting section for the most common issues that can come up. 

Other Methods

Here are two other methods to set up tracking with Portcast. Learn more about each one of them here

  1. Portcast Container Tracking API: how to upload containers & receive tracking data
  2. Uploading containers using your email

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