Geneva - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced today the dawn of a new era for the air cargo supply chain in Romania, Slovenia and Malta. E-freight for imports and exports went live in Romania on November 9, in Slovenia on November 12 and in Malta on November 15.

Facilitated by IATA, the project is an industry-wide initiative involving customs authorities, carriers, freight forwarders, ground handlers and shippers. E-freight effectively eliminates the need to send paper documents with air cargo shipments, hence streamlining processes, improving speed and reliability and cutting costs.

In Romania, the e-freight implementation team was led by Air France/KLM, with freight forwarder Schenker. In Slovenia the team was led by Lufthansa in close cooperation with Slovenia Customs and DHL. In Malta the Emirates and Lufthansa were the lead airlines, working closely with in association with BAS Ltd, MAL Services, Servisair Globe Ground, Lufthansa Technik, MITA Technik and Malta Customs.

Romania, Slovenia and Malta are the 33rd, 34th and 35th e-freight countries worldwide to deliver paper-free cargo. Europe now has 19 countries that are e-freight live. The latest list of live locations includes: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dubai, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritius, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.

The Romanian e-freight implementation team was led by:
Airlines: Air France/KLM
Government Entities: Romania Customs
Freight Forwarder: Schenker

The Slovenian e-freight implementation team includes the following participants:
Airlines: Lufthansa
Government Entities: Slovenia Customs
Freight Forwarders: DHL

In Malta the team comprises the following participants:
Airlines: Emirates, Lufthansa
Government Entities: Malta Customs
Freight Forwarders: BAS Ltd, MAL Services
Ground Handlers: Servisair Globe Ground

For more information, please contact:
Chris Goater
Manager, Corporate Communications
Tel: +41 22 770 2967

Notes for Editors:

  • IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents some 230 airlines comprising 93% of scheduled international air traffic.
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