Cognitive Automation makes waves in shipping

Shipping affects all other industries in one way or another. The International Chamber of Shipping estimates that shipping industry is responsible for carriage of around 90% of world trade. With escalating cost pressures and increasing demands of customers, shipping-related companies turn to digital transformation for the next stage of growth. Cognitive Automation which can automate labour-intensive tasks intelligently can be the leverage for success in shipping and related transportation companies. It can help ship owners, ship operators, port/ liner agencies, brokers, asset managers, charterers, stevedores, hauliers, truckers, etc. 

Case for Shipping

Gleematic can do intelligent document extraction from bills of lading, where it can automatically extract data and put all the data into Microsoft Excel. In intelligent document extraction capability, Gleematic is so flexible that it can handle any type of documents in any kind of language since it has a multi-language interface and capability. To assign Gleematic to do the extraction, you don’t have to perform coding.

How is Cognitive Automation Changing the Shipping Industry?

Cognitive Automation, which is a potent combination of various forms of artificial intelligence (A.I.) and rules-based automation, can be a reliable tool for handling back office operations. These intelligent software robots such as Gleematic can work round the clock to increase operational efficiency and productivity and reduce costs. Gleematic can read and pick up data from semi-structured and unstructured data such as shipping instructions, packing lists and insurance certificates. It can easily handle digital data and I.T. systems to do declarations and reporting accurately and on time. You can also scale up and down according to volume of work without having to incur huge costs. Updated information such as ETAs and freight rates can be at your finger-tips with the robots monitoring the data closely. Try out cognitive automation for unparalleled competitive advantage.  

Scheduling and tracking shipment

Cognitive robots can send request for desired dates and ports of discharge. It can also log into web portals to track.

Making declarations

With the help of machine-learning, cognitive robots can auto-classify goods for import/ export declarations, or enter info for crew's immigration clearance.


Use A.I. to identify emails with order placements, extract data from order forms, and enter into internal systems for booking.


Prepare manifests or other types of documents by using cognitive robots to access data from multiple sources and transform in desired ways.

Handle "paper" work

A combination of OCR and A.I. (natural-language processing) empowers cognitive robots to read scans of paper documents such as bills of lading.

Billing and payment

Auto-send reminders to trade-debtors for payment. Detect incoming invoices and match with Purchase Orders or others.


Why use Cognitive Automation for shipping?

  • (A.I.) Predict potentially-profitable routes for voyages/ peak seasons
  • (A.I.) enables a wider range of automation,
  • (A.I.) Read data from various types of documents 
  • Streamlines processes
  • Reduce reliance on manual labour 
  • Adheres to specified procedures/ regulations
  • Works with existing I.T. applications and government websites/ portals
  • Avoids fines due to time-sensitive declaration


Up to 70%


3X to 5X Faster


See results in weeks or months.

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Empower yourself to do more!

Gleematic has cognitive abilities to make judgement and read data in multiple languages (e.g. Chinese, Indonesian, Vietnamese). It allows for a wider range of automation beyond what plain robotic process automation (RPA) can do for shipping. Our exclusive technology is easier to use and set up compared to other tools. Even end-users can be empowered to tap into the power of A.I. robots, and can learn to  direct the robots yourself!