KIA now e-freight compliant

KIA now e-freight compliant

Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) has been rated as an e-freight compliant airport by IATA for its cargo operations. The e-freight concept was launched by International Air Transport Association (IATA) in 2006 as part of the StB (simplifying the business) programme and became an industry-wide initiative.

“This is indeed a definite step forward in modernising air cargo shipment and an example for other airports in India and around the world,” said Glen Hughes, Global Head Cargo, IATA. Facilitated by IATA alo- ng with the endorsement of the members of the Global Air Cargo Advisory Group, the project is an industry-wide initiative. It involves carriers, freight forwarders, ground handlers, shippers and customs authorities to effectively streamline processes, cut costs and improve speed and reliability.

Implementing the e-freight project is expected to boost process efficiency, productivity, cost-savings and eco-friendliness. The air cargo industry today relies heavily on paper-based processes to support the movement of freight. An average airfreight shipment generates up to 30 different paper documents. This increases the cargo turnaround time and the cost involved in the airfreight process. IATA’s e-freight implementation at KIA is expected to bring strategic benefit to the trade in the region.

By implementing e-freight international standards, Kempegowda International Airport will benefit the industry by eliminating the use of paper in the air cargo supply chain, a BIAL release said.

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