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- US Customs & Border Protection Lifts e-freight Freeze and Approves Expansion
- E-freight Task Force begins its work in London
US Customs & Border Protection Lifts e-freight Freeze and Approves Expansion
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Director of Cargo Control advised Cargo Network Services on 9 August that the temporary freeze placed on e-freight had been lifted on current airports. CBP also agreed that it would work with CNS and IATA to move forward with expansion of the program for inbound general cargo.
Airline / Forwarder Support
For airlines and forwarders, this is the opportunity to fully become engaged in e-freight. Airline support is needed to begin offering e-freight, including receiving master and house waybills for general cargo electronically in every available trade lane and port into the United States. Air carriers should begin storing their transport documents within their system electronically and have the capability for print on demand as requested by CBP.
Forwarders should be contacting their airline partners to start discussions on legal agreements governing the electronic exchange of documents and developing a startup plan with their airline partners to start implementation.
Industry support is critical to move toward 100% e-freight in and out of the United States. IATA is available to provide support to supply chain members. For any questions or more information on how to take advantage of paper free cargo in the USA, please contact Daniel Baquerizo, Regional Manager Cargo e-Business Americas, firstname.lastname@example.org.
E-freight Task Force begins its work in London
The objective of the e-freight Task Force is to bring heightened energy and a collective focus in various e-freight live locations, in order to generate momentum and drive increased volumes of e-freight shipments. Managed jointly by IATA and the home carrier, the e-freight Task Force brings together local market key players to:
- Significantly grow the e-freight volumes, focusing on individual key trade lanes
- Better understand local issues and challenges
- Identify and cascade best practices to Task Forces in other locations
The chosen pilot e-freight Task Force station was LHR (London Heathrow) in the UK. During the month of July 2011 and with the involvement of over 30 nominated individuals representing airlines, ground handlers, freight forwarders and national trade associations, the working group identified and addressed the local key issues by delivering a set of tools relevant for the London e-freight market.
E-freight shipments increased by a remarkable 10% last month, one of the largest month-to-month increases on record. This illustrates that the e-freight task force approach, whereby a group representing the entire supply chain addresses specific implementation issues at major hubs, is starting to pay dividends. Congratulations to our cargo colleagues!
The next 2011 Task Force projects are planned for the following locations: FRA, DXB, MAD, CDG, YYZ, HKG and SIN.
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