Rail Tagging and Release


The easy solution for tagging containers for rail

This free service from 1-Stop allows industry operators to notify terminals when containers are to be moved by rail.

As all containers discharged from a vessel are defaulted to ‘road’ as the next mode of transport, our Tag and Release service provides an efficient solution for shipping lines, intermodal rail terminals, and freight forwarders and importers.


Processing Stage 1: Rail Release – Container Tagging

Before container discharge, approved users can search and ‘tag’ their containers for rail with details including departure terminal, destination and rail terminal. This advises the terminals to move the tagged containers to the Rail Stack upon discharge.

Containers can be tagged by an importer, agent, freight forwarder, intermodal terminal or rail operator approved to use this service, provided that the container has not already been tagged by another user. Shipping lines can tag their own containers.

Processing Stage 2: Rail Release – Container Release

Before tagged containers are released, they must be matched with the commercial release number, an Electronic Import Delivery Order (EIDO) Personal Identification Number (PIN) for that container. Simply search for a tagged container, enter and validate the EIDO PIN and submit to terminal.

Only the following user groups will be granted access to the rail release service:

  • intermodal rail terminals
  • importers, freight forwarders or agents.

Shipping lines may only release their own containers


Plans & Pricing

Rail Tagging and Release is a FREE service for importers, agents, freight forwarders, intermodal terminals or rail operators.

To gain access call 1300 881 055 or email helpdesk@1-stop.com

Terminal or Shipping Line approval must be given before access is granted to use this product.

Before contacting 1-Stop, please prepare the following details:

  • Industry type
  • Company Name and ABN
  • Employee name and Contact Details
  • For Shipping Lines – Approval from the terminal/s is required to grant access. (email approval is sufficient)
  • For Non Shipping Lines – Approval from the shipping line is required to grant access. We recommend you also check whether approval has been provided to 1-Stop in order to be granted access.


Your questions answered.
Rail Release What is a Control Message?

1-Stop has included the functionality of a control message for Rail Tagging and Release.

The control message serves as an acknowledgement for the sender of the message, and the acknowledgement may either be a REJECTED or ACKNOWLEDGED status.

With this, the sender will be informed if their message is being processed or needs to be resent to 1-Stop. See our User Guides and Technical Specifications for more info.

Rail Release What are the message types or ways I can send a Rail Tag and Release?

We accept two types of message formats: XML and EDIFACT.

To learn more about them, and how you can send messages from your system to ours, see the User Guides and Technical Specifications.

Rail Release Is the control message different from the rail release response?

Yes, aside from the control message 1-Stop will also be sending a rail release response message to the sender or the nominated email address on the message.

The rail release response message indicates whether the Tag or the Release message has been processed or accepted by the terminal.

Please refer to the message specifications for the error codes and their descriptions.

Rail Release How do I send Rail Release message?

Rail Tagging and Release can be sent using 1-Stop’s Website or using the two message formats available in 1-Stop.

If you want to find out how to send Rail Tagging and Release messages from your own systems, take a look at our User Guides and Technical Specifications.

User Guides

How-to, training resources and trouble shooting.
Description Type Version Link
Rail Tagging and Release Admin Guide 1.0 View
Rail Tag and Release User Guide Customer Guide 1.0 View

Technical Specifications

Integration, technical requirements and specifications.
Description Type Version Link
Rail Tagging and Release XML Messaging Specification 1.0 pdf