E-freight is about supply chain partners working together to change the way they currently do business. The target this year is 10% penetration on live trade lanes, and the industry is currently at 5.6%. Partnerships and industry engagement are a necessity for the full target to be reached and we are pleased to present some examples of recent success stories.
July 2011 brings about another e-freight success story that involves Emirates, WFS (Worldwide Flight Services) South Africa, Cameron Air & Sea in Christchurch (New Zealand) and Safcor Panalpina in Durban (South Africa). They completed their first full e-freight shipment (CHC-DXB) from origin to delivery without a single piece of paper created, and continue to do more e-freight shipments, both import and export. Congratulations to all involved, including South African Customs!
The first inbound/ outbound e-freight live shipments have been handled by Maastricht Handling Services (MHS) in Maastricht this month! The process ran smoothly through the entire supply chain.
The IT system of Maastricht Handling Services (MHS) has been ready to support e-freight for quite some time now and presently they are very excited about the increase in e-freight movements, especially since they are currently building a new cargo warehouse which will fully adapt to e-freight needs. Local Customs and MHS have a good relationship and MHS has given Customs access to their digital archive for almost three years.
Starting in July, Business Direct Aviation (BDA) committed to send all shipments as e-Freight. BDA, with a daily flight from MST (Maastricht) to BHX (Birmingham), carries mainly express shipments. Jetpak has also agreed to only use e-freight shipments from 1 August. They have a daily flight from Maastricht (MST) to Malmö (MMX) carrying primarily express shipments.
Over 350 people have come together to boost e-freight and e-AWB (e-air waybill) in Korea. 180 freight forwarders and 20 airlines joined the IATA Korea office in Seoul for a successful e-freight-related meeting on 7 July 2011.
Korean Air aims to implement 100% e-AWB for US and EU-destined export shipments first, effective 1 October 2011. OZ (Asiana Airlines) and other airlines are also planning to implement the e-AWB in Korea.
Since 1 January 2011 the Netherlands has brought together a project team of five that has been working full-time on the promotion and implementation of e-freight in the local air cargo market. The project has received the full support of 30 participating companies, including shippers, freight forwarders, airlines, GHAs (Ground Handling Agents) as well as vendors.
In May 2011 the e-freight export volumes from the Netherlands marked an increase of more than 60%.
"The project is continuously expanding in terms of participants,” said Paul Nibbering, Team Leader of e-freight@NL. “Various workgroups have been set up (consisting of a mix of the various stakeholders involved) aiming to gain results in an easier and a more efficient way: only by working closely together the parties can easily figure out what each other’s possibilities and issues are with regards to e-freight. In the second half of 2011 the focus will fall mainly on shippers since we consider that their commitment is crucial for a successful e-freight development. The e-freight@NL team will join forces with the Dutch Shippers Organization to increase e-freight awareness."
In parallel, in May 2011 an online academy was successfully launched for the local air cargo market, serving as a starting point for those who want to learn more about e-Freight, aiming at the same time to increase e-freight knowledge and awareness.
Mr. Nibbering continued, "Currently the academy contains two modules; later this year more modules will be added. We noticed that our latest e-freight project conference combined with the launch of the Online Academy has led to new e-freight inspiration. This was shown by a number of parties that have now set clear targets and have started their first e-freight shipments."
For more information on e-freight, go to www.iata.org/e-freight