"An electronic revolution is transforming logistics and transport, creating a fundamental change in the security, safety, efficiency and reliability of airfreight," said Des Vertannes, IATA's global head of cargo. "This conference has undoubtedly put e-cargo at the forefront of industry thinking. Now we need to drive action through strong partnerships across issues such as e-customs, advanced electronic information, the digitization of transport documents, e-cargo security, and e-Air Waybill (e-AWB) implementation."
The centerpiece of IATA's e-cargo program is its e-freight initiative. E-freight offers the opportunity to improve shipment times by up to 24 hours, and remove 7,800 tonnes of paper documents annually, the organization says. The efficiency and reliability of shipments will increase as multiple data entry is removed. And regulatory authorities seeking greater security oversight of airfreight will also benefit from swifter and more accurate access to electronic information on shipments.
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