Association (IATA) and they aim to assemble a paperless, end-to-end transportation service and process for air cargo. The transmission of shipping related documents electronically will be an effective process to transport cargo from the starting point to the destination.
The swanky service that was all set to revolutionize the air cargo industry had a great take off but did not succeed in implementing much change. The news of the e-freight project spread far and wide within the air cargo industry in the recent years but with each passing year people started questioning its efficiency. People got bored waiting for the convenient new service to dazzle the industry, but there is very little substantial work done in this sector.
The unique and innovative e-freight system was widely embraced by freight forwarders and companies across the world at first. Usually for most freight forwarders, shipment data is extensive and on an average it is usually captured 7-8 times. A lot of time is spent in capturing every detail and data for one single shipment. Not to forget other steps like the acceptance process, entering the airway bill data, etc. E-freight was formulated to simplify all of these steps and processes and to curb the unnecessary repetition of resources. The process is too manual and a lot of paperwork is involved and it seemed like an unsustainable method.
This is why active plans were made towards effective automation of the air cargo industry. The executives were focused on reducing staff workload, conserving time spent on formalities and making the industry more efficient through e-freight. The air cargo industry is still quite traditional in many ways and IT developments are still seen by many as a costly affair with very little benefit. This one of the reasons why e-freight services are not getting the due attention that it requires. The officials need to work better on their PR efforts as well as convincing stakeholders and industry giants to invest in this innovative service.
E-freight service is the right step towards a successful future for the air cargo industry. This is a system that will connect the forwarders, customers, airlines, consignees, ground handlers and logistic providers to create one big smooth operation. Those who have already adopted this paperless system, enjoy the benefits of saving up on paper costs and the enhanced real-time tracking system to monitor shipments. But for the system to work, more carriers need to sign up to achieve the target set.
Today the industry has managed to attain only a little of their target and if it expects to make it big in 2016, it’s time to bring in more effort. Getting people to invest in a new cargo system is extremely challenging especially since the industry is going through a decline in the revenue. The air cargo needs to get smarter and adapt technology to effectively simplify the process and boost revenue. For more updates on the air cargo industry developments, you can rely on World Air Cargo News (WACN). WACN is a reliable source for information, events and news associated with the cargo/shipping industry.