Release Date: 07 July 2008
Release ID: 1137
Cargolux Airlines has been nominated as the leading carrier for the IATA e-freight project at Luxembourg, thereby further enhancing Luxembourg’s position as a leading hub for air cargo. This endorsement was ratified at the Annual General Meeting of the International Air Transport Association which took place last month in Istanbul, Turkey.
This appointment is part of the second phase of the IATA e-freight project; the first pilot phase was successfully implemented in November 2007 across six global locations.
The aim of the IATA e-freight project is to reduce the use of physical documents from the air cargo supply chain and replacing it with electronic messaging.
The air cargo industry today relies on paper-based processes to support the movement of freight. According to IATA, more than 30 physical documents are involved in the transport of a single shipment by air; these are generated and passed between the parties involved in the supply chain: shippers, freight forwarders, handling agents, carriers, brokers, Customs and other government authorities. This is inefficient, expensive and does not meet the speed and security requirements of modern air cargo transport.
Participants from Luxembourg’s air freight industry will implement IATA e-freight standards with the objective to move the first paper-free shipments by the end of 2008.
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