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e-Freight aims to take the paper out of the air cargo supply chain and -processes and replace it with cheaper, more accurate and more reliable electronic messaging. Facilitated by IATA, the project is an industry-wide initiative involving carriers, freight forwarders, ground handlers, shippers and customs authorities.
According to IATA, each air cargo shipment carries with it as many as 30 paper documents – enough to fill 80 Boeing 747 freighters every year! These air cargo shipment documents consist of the following categories:
- Trade documents
- Certificate of Origin
- Transport Documents
- Flight Manifest
- Air Waybill
- House Manifest
- House Waybill
- Customs Documents
- Import & Export Cargo Declaration & Release
- Import & Export Goodss Declaration & Release
e-Awb keyboard (source: Air Cargo News)
Find out more about e-freight and how to get started here on IATA's e-freight site, IATA created a self-assessment tool and provides a capability matrix of air cargo IT providers, an e-freight savings calculator and several matchmaker tools.
Further information here on Air Cargo News or here on Air Cargo Netherlands site.
The official IATA e-freight logo
Watch a video about e-freight here on SDV's website or here on YouTube (eLink Movie Amsterdam Airport Schiphol HD).
Photo source: SDV
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[last updated apr 27th, 2016]