• Vilden's Customs BL Query (e-CBQ)
    Check your cargo shipment status directly with U.S. Customs using ABI
    Shipment track and trace over the web, 24x7
    Fully integrated operations & accounting maritime software system
    designed for shipping lines & agents
    Web-based cargo declaration system. File your manifests easily and quickly.
    Supports U.S. AMS-ACE, E.U. ENS filing, Canadian ACI eManifest,
    Japan's JP24, and more!
    Scheduling, dispatching, equipment tracking, automatic driver pay
    and billing with integrated accounting & more!

Our Solutions

Vilden Associates Inc.

Our focus is to deliver technology solutions that support advanced business processes and provide competitive advantages in today's demanding environment.

Customs Filing

Customs Filing

eCLEAR: Web-based cargo declaration system. File your manifests easily and quickly. Supports U.S. AMS (now ACE), U.S. electronic in-bond, E.U. ENS, Canadian ACI (eManifest), Japan's JP24, and many other filing requirements from across the world.

Container Drayage

Container Drayage

e-DRAY: Comprehensive web-based intermodal trucking software application designed to increase your profits by reducing clerical efforts, improving managerial control, and enhancing customer service.

Liner and Agency

Liner and Agency

Vilden Global Liner System (VGLS): Fully integrated operations & accounting maritime software system designed for shipping lines and agents.

EDI Portal Services

EDI Portal Services

Vilden Portal Services (VPS): Affordable solution for integrating your electronic information interchange (EDI) exchanges seamlessly with your business partners, supports virtually all facets of the supply chain.

Cargo Track & Trace

Cargo Track & Trace

e-TRACK: “Best-of-breed” container tracking and tracing module, second to none.



e-NVOY: Web-based NVOCC solution. Perform your day to day functions from booking to billing in a single streamlined application.

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Mar 29, 2018

Vilden Associates, Inc. - Celebrating 40 Years of Service

Vilden Associates, Inc. is extremely proud to be marking our 40th year of service to the logistics industry - a significant milestone that few companies achieve.   It is particularly gratifying to be celebrating this anniversary as the future of global trade looks so bright. After years of industry consolidation and stagnant growth or losses, global container trade and profitability rapidly rose in 2017, with the forecast for this year looking to match or exceed the momentum from last year. This growth in trade and profits have created an increasingly global and competitive environment. To compete effectively in this new reality, companies must employ information technology to achieve operational optimization, reduce costs, and increase profits. As we have done in our 40 years of service, we look forward to assisting the industry in meeting these goals and addressing future challenges.   Major anniversaries such as this are perfect opportunities to reflect on the long history of this company. We began as consultants and systems developers, performing tasks from contract programming to EDI in the late 70s through the 80s. The disastrous events on 9/11 led a shift in our mission, a focus on addressing and providing solutions to supply chain security concerns and newly implemented Customs regulations. Using our decades of knowledge and our consistent introduction of emerging technologies, today we can proudly state that Vilden provides the most comprehensive cloud-based software applications and Customs interfaces for the logistics industry. We are very excited for what the future holds.   We would like to acknowledge our employees, customers, and business partners - thank you for your continued commitment and support, our success would not be possible without you!     Here's to another fantastic 40 years, Armando Villavicencio Sr.      Armando Villavicencio Jr. Founder & CEO                         President                       

Mar 15, 2018

UN/CEFACT & The Harmonization Of Global Trade

Keeping with our tradition of being on the forefront of trade optimization and information technology (IT) in the logistics industry, we wanted to take this opportunity to speak about our active participation in the discussions hosted by the United Nations (UN) intergovernmental body dealing with global trade efficiency and the use of IT in the supply chain sector. The United Nations Center for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) was established by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in 1996 to develop and promote simple, transparent, and effective processes for global commerce. To this end, UN/CEFACT mission is to simplify national and international transactions by harmonizing processes, procedures and information flows related to these transactions, rendering these more efficient and streamlined, with the goal of contributing to growth of global trade. UN/CEFACT projects have contributed to commonly known processes such as the global EDI standard UN/EDIFACT, as well as UN/LOCODES location codes used by the trade.   Vilden Associates, Inc. was selected last year to take part in UN/CEFACT conferences, with specific focus on a project dealing with the Trade Facilitation Canonical Model. The project's purpose is to address the importance of the role of canonical/harmonization process and data models in facilitating trade. The project will draw on UN/CEFACT's sound foundations and current progress to date in the development of such a harmonization model and proceed to develop guidelines to assist all working groups engaged in the development of UN/CEFACT standards and recommendations to contribute effectively to the delivery of the required harmonization model.   Our chief marketing officer, Rajiv Garg, last attended a UN/CEFACT conference in Rome, Italy in October of 2017. We are actively participating in forums and plan to attend the next conference in Geneva, Switzerland in April. Vilden will continue to seek ways to contribute to the facilitation of global trade by working with UN/CEFACT, Customs Electronic Systems Action Council (CESAC), as well as other opportunities. Additionally, we will continue leveraging the knowledge attained to improve our services and enlightening the trade and our customers with the latest information.

Jan 11, 2018

2018 May Bring Changes To POLA-LB PierPass OffPeak Program

2018 may bring some big changes for container terminals in the Los Angeles-Long Beach (POLA-LB) port complex. A consulting firm retained by the 12 terminal operators in POLA-LB complex is expected to release a report next month detailing its recommendations regarding ways to modify and potentially expand the operation of PierPass, the nonprofit created by those terminal operators to address multi-terminal issues at the ports, including congestion, air quality and security.   Currently, under PierPass' OffPeak program, a traffic mitigation fee of $70.49 per twenty-foot container (TEU) and $140.98 per forty-foot container (FEU) is charged to firms moving cargo in and out of the ports during the dayshift peak period of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. The collected fees are in turn used to finance the labor and other costs associated with the operation of weekend and nighttime shifts, which begin at 5 p.m.   But the dozen terminal operators, which collectively operate as the West Coast Marine Terminal Operating Agreement (WCMTOA), have been exploring ways to improve upon the current business model over the past 12-plus months.   "The current model is where we assess a fee on all loaded containers, non-intermodal, that are picked up and delivered during the first shift, we call it the 'peak.' We use that money to fund the second shift, the OffPeak shift," PierPass President John Cushing explained in an exclusive interview with the American Shipper. "So we agreed to look at some alternative models."   In doing so, the terminal operators got the supply chain stakeholders involved in the discussions via a fall 2016 workshop that included importers, exporters, customs brokers, trucking companies, ocean carriers, port authorities, and even elected officials. There were three distinct alternative models came out of these discussions, according to Cushing, one of which was called "dynamic pricing," wherein the container fee would go up and down during the day to incentivize different hours of operation, similar to the way some toll roads are more or less expensive depending on the time of day. "That one was shot down by everyone in the room," he said. "It just got too complicated to manage."   The other two alternatives, however, received a much more positive reception. One was a port-wide appointment system, with a flat fee to pay for the second shift, while the other would include a "peel-off" system, also with a container fee to cover the second shift.   "The idea of the port-wide appointment system would be that all the terminals would have appointment systems and to mitigate traffic, because mitigating traffic is the primary reason behind all of this," Cushing explained. "To mitigate traffic, the terminals would put so many appointments during the day, so many during the second shift, and then spread them out throughout both shifts. And the idea would also be to have a flat fee on every container, so that it's not just those picked up or delivered during the day to fund for the night shift."   The second alternative, the port-wide peel off system, would operate much like an airport taxi queue. Drayage trucks would come to the port, they would line up, go into a terminal and the terminal would "peel" the next container off the top of a pile, rather than sorting through the stacks to find and pick a specific box. The container gets put on the back of the truck, and off they go to the destination.   At present, a consultant hired by the WCMTOA, Philadelphia-based consulting firm The Tioga Group and its Southern California-based partner, World Class Logistics Consulting, are looking at these two alternatives, as well as other ways of providing further traffic mitigation benefits at the ports. More than 40 million truck trips have been diverted out of weekday daytime traffic in the Los Angeles area since the program began in 2005, according to PierPass. Despite its success, there's been talk from both inside and outside the PierPass program that a refresh is needed.   During a panel discussion about PierPass at the IANA Intermodal Expo in Long Beach, Calif., last September, Steve Hughes, president and CEO of trucking company HCS; Peter Schneider, vice president of trucking company TGS Transportation; and Sal Ferrigno, vice president of SSA Terminals, all said they believed the program needs to be revamped.   "There's one thing to fix, and that's [cargo] velocity," Hughes said. "PierPass did a great job in its original intent, but it absolutely needs to be updated and I think a flat fee and an appointment system is the correct path, because we've got to get velocity."   Schneider pointed to the schedule of the organized labor that staffs the terminals as a potential issue. "Getting rid of the break between first and second shift and having full operations running during lunch and dinner, so that the flow of traffic is from 8 (a.m.) to 3 (a.m.) nonstop, that would probably be the easiest," he said.   Such comments and suggestions are among those that The Tioga Group was hired to evaluate. "They're analyzing the way the terminals are operating today, and then they'll use that as benchmarks to look at the two alternatives." Cushing said of the consulting firm. "We expect to have their analysis completed and recommendations by February.   As far as the two above-mentioned options go, Cushing noted that neither would require full implementation to begin from scratch. Currently, three-quarters of the terminals at the adjoining ports already have appointment systems, so implementation of a port-wide program would involve bringing that other 25 percent of the terminals up to speed.   He also said that virtually all the terminals within the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach already run some sort of variation on a peel-off program today, adding that the systems might be as simple as dedicated blocks of time for one or two importers. "There's one thing to fix, and that's [cargo] velocity. PierPass did a great job in its original intent, but it absolutely needs to be updated and I think a flat fee and an appointment system is the correct path, because we've got to get velocity." Steve Hughes, president and CEO, HCS    Mike DiBernardo, the deputy executive director of marketing and customer relations for the Port of Los Angeles, told American Shipper that the port has no objections to either proposal. "The port is in favor of either of these alternatives combined with a port-wide reservation system," he said. "We hope these alternatives will produce truck turn times of under 60 minutes per transaction, as we would like to see truck drivers make three to four truck moves a day."    "We also look forward to the findings of the Tioga Group study to examine alternative models for traffic mitigation," said Lee Peterson, a spokesman for the Port of Long Beach. "Our goal remains the same: to ease traffic and maximize terminal efficiency." "Ultimately, the decision has to be made by WCMTOA alone," added Cushing. "It's their program."   And once that decision is made, it could set in motion a sea change that could eventually reform the way cargo is moved in and out of the sprawling port complex, as well as serve as a model for other ports around the country to follow.      Source: American Shipper