Basel Airport is the third location to become “IATA e-freight capable” in Switzerland. After Zurich and Geneva, the e-freight operational process was introduced in Basel, again under the lead of Swiss WorldCargo, the cargo division of Swiss International Air Lines Ltd.
Cargo carriers (SWISS, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines), ground handling agent Swissport, customs and airport authorities as well as a large group of local and international freight forwarders - such as Panalpina, DHL, Agility Logistics, Fracht AG, Glob-sped, Gondrand, Lamprecht, Hoco and Wincanton - have all been working closely with Swiss WorldCargo and the IATA e-freight team for the successful and timely launch of the initiative.
The first e-freight compliant transaction was performed in on 14 January by Kühne & Nagel on the trade lane between Basel Airport and Hong Kong, after a successful test shipment was conducted one week before on the same routing. Markus Loeffler, Senior Manager Quality and Safety Assurance at Swiss WorldCargo commented: “The implementation of the e-freight process in Basel marks a significant step to improve data quality and efficiency as well to strengthens the leading role of Switzerland as a hub for urgent, sensitive and high value cargo.”
The IATA e-freight project aims to take the paper out of air cargo. Facilitated by IATA, the project is an industry-wide initiative involving carriers, freight forwarders, ground handlers, shippers and customs authorities.
Further information and project status at: www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/efreight
Additionally the implementation of e-freight capable trade lanes to and from Berne was discussed with Cargologic, the local ground handler for SWISS, and test shipments were successfully performed to the capital of Switzerland.
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