Tuesday, June 1, 2010

IATA Launch Electronic Data Supply Chain Programme In China

Time and Documentation Savings Predicted with e - freight System
Shipping News Feature

CHINA – International Air Transport Association (IATA) describe their e – freight ‘Simplifying the Business’ standard as a programme that improves service and cuts overheads for the air freight industry. Facilitated by IATA, the project is an industry-wide initiative involving carriers, freight forwarders, ground handlers, shippers and customs authorities. IATA e-freight effectively eliminates the need to send 12 core paper documents with air cargo shipments, hence streamlining processes, improving speed and reliability and cutting costs.

The e-freight implementation team at Tianjin Binhai International Airport, where the system went live last week, is truly an industry effort, with members representing the whole supply chain. International logistics companies and local freight forwarders involved are Sinotrans, Dimerco, Kerry Logistics, Cosco, DGF, Expeditors, while the airlines involved are China Cargo Airlines, Air China, Grandstar, EVA and Great Wall. The team started work in June 2009 and delivered IATA e-freight on schedule, China is the 26th e-freight location worldwide to deliver ‘paper-free cargo’

With e-freight implemented in China, IATA claim there will be time savings for the transportation and availability of goods by up to 24 hours due to the electronic clearance and paper free process. IATA aims to build on the success at Tianjin Airport and implement e-freight in more airports across China.

In addition to the international e-freight program, there are also plans to implement domestic e-freight at six different locations in China in by the end of this month. China’s eight major domestic carriers are participating in the domestic e-freight program and IATA’s target is to implement e-freight in 44 countries by the end of 2010, representing more than 80% of global air-freight volumes. These countries need to have the appropriate international treaties and customs framework in place to implement e-freight.

Pic: Tianjin Binhai International Airport