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Is the end of the cargo pouch in sight?

[ December 14, 2012   //   ]

The Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG) has drawn up a roadmap for paperless air cargo to accelerate the industry’s adoption of e-Cargo in 2013 as part of its previously announced intention to boost collaboration in this area.

The approach is built around three ‘pillars’ – engaging regulators and governments worldwide to create an ‘e-freight route network’ with fully electronic customs procedures and where regulations support paperless shipments; working collaboratively within the cargo supply chain to digitise the core industry transport documents, starting with the air waybill; and developing a plan to digitise the commercial and special cargo documents typically accompanying airfreight, in or outside of the ‘Cargo pouch’
GACAG chairman Michael Steen, Chairman of GACAG, said the roadmap also identifies areas where further work needs to be done, such as standards or business processes.
GCAG’s vision is for core transportation documents to be paperless on at least 80% of the world’s trade lanes by 2015 and for the traditional cargo pouch to be eliminated for many shipments. A key goal will be to achieve 100% e-AWB by the same timeframe.

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