IATA, FIATA (International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations), TIACA (The International Air Cargo Association) and the GSF (Global Shipper Forum) signed an agreement in November 2010 to enhance and unify collaboration.
The Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG), established through the agreement, aims to align all stakeholders on important topics of shared interest. One of the key areas GACAG will drive is e-freight. To make the vision of 100% e-freight a reality all stakeholders must work together and the GACAG will be an essential forum for collaboration and direction setting.
Important decisions on e-freight and other major industry issues are also expected at the IATA World Cargo Symposium, gathering stakeholders and key decision makers in Istanbul on 8-10 March 2011.
Meanwhile, the industry is also moving forward. We would like to congratulate Emirates SkyCargo for their first paperless flight. On 16 December 2010 all shipments on a flight from Mauritius (MRU) to Dubai (DXB) were e-freight. Full story. We would also like to recognize Swiss WorldCargo for leading the effort to go e-freight live in Basel. Full story
With 44 e-freight live locations, the network is in place and focus will now shift towards increasing volumes.
Separately, congratulations go to Cathay Pacific for being the first airline to fully switch to electronic air waybills (e-AWB) on their flights from Hong Kong. Full story
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