Air cargo aims for efficiency

The world air cargo industry has announced
its commitment to greater efficiency.

At the World Cargo Symposium held
in Vancouver,
the freight sector rolled out a number of industry decisions and commitments
for 2010 and beyond.

Key amongst those was the
finalisation and endorsement of a new recommended practice, the electronic air

This allows for the full removal of
paper air waybills on all air cargo shipments, said the International Air
Transport Association.

“For the first time, the e-AWB
allows the full, end-to-end elimination of paper air waybills for air cargo
shipments and, as such, is the realization of a decade long aspiration of many
in the air cargo supply chain.”

The industry is also intending to
work in collaboration with the air mail industry in order to introduce
paper-free airmail.

Cargo 2000

There will also be a commitment to
continuing to roll out the Cargo 2000 initiative, which implements processes
backed by quality standards which are measurable in order to improve the
efficiency of air cargo.

The master operating plan sets out
a set of standards that reduces the individual processes in the supply chain
between shipper and consignee from 40 to 19. This cuts operational costs, said
Cargo 2000, which is comprised of 50 major airlines, freight forwarders, ground
handling agents, trucking companies and information technology providers at 350
sites worldwide. American Airlines and British Airways World Cargo are members
of the Cargo 2000 system.

The World Customs Organisation will
also be a partner in working to address industry issues and in supporting each
other’s standards.

The global air cargo industry
transports over $3.5 trillion of goods every year, which represents 35 per cent
of international trade by value.