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Cakes and flowers to mark first e-freight shipments

[ July 20, 2012   //   ]

Schiphol Cargo, IATA and China’s Central Customs Department will exchange mooncakes – a traditional delicacy and Dutch flowers to mark the first e-freight shipments between China and Amsterdam on 1 October, which is also China’s National Day. It follows a visit to Schiphol by a delegation of high-ranking officials from China’s Central Customs Department. The group , accompanied by IATA representatives led by Cargo Director Des Vertannes, met with senior executives of Dutch Customs, SkyTeam and member carriers Air France KLM, China Southern and China Cargo Airlines, Schiphol Cargo, Air Cargo Netherlands, Cargonaut, Damco and Rhenus.

Delegates learned about Schiphol’s extensive airline links with China, the alignment of e-freight with the World Customs Organisation SAFE standards framework and RKC (Revised Kyoto Convention), and SkyTeam’s progress with e-freight.

Schiphol cargo director for business development, Saskia van Pelt said: “China is the world’s biggest exporter, and the single largest market for Schiphol’s logistics community. We cannot realise our goal to make Schiphol a paperless cargo airport without the support and involvement of China’s authorities and airlines. It’s clear that China Customs fully understands the challenges it is facing , and its enthusiasm for e-freight proves its determination to take positive action. E-freight will bring much greater efficiency and processing capacity to China Customs’ vast operations – benefiting Customs itself, Chinese and other carriers, and the global logistics industry.”

 

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