The eFreight project launched by IATA in 2007 aims to take the familiar paper documents that have been in use in the air cargo industry for decades out of the entire supply chain and to replace them with standardised electronic messages and regulated data exchange.
Today every single air freight consignment, irrespective of its size, requires up to 30 different paper documents, which results daily in high costs and longer transport times. For the air cargo sector, IATA eFreight therefore means simpler processes, less complexity and a reduction in the burden on the environment. The amount of documents that are still needed in the industry could fill 80 Boeing 747-400 freighters per year.
It is precisely this problem that the IATA eFreight initiative sets out to tackle. The aim is the long-term optimisation of the air cargo industry with all the partners across the supply chain.
At Lufthansa Cargo, we started making international airfreight paperless back in 2007, and have steadily progressed since then. As lead carrier in the German market and beyond, we are a major driver in the implementation of eFreight, with the goal of the complete digitization of the supply chain.
eFreight will be introduced gradually at Lufthansa Cargo. In June 2013, Lufthansa Cargo in Munich took a big step toward a paperless future when the first deliveries without AWBs were handled as part of the e-AWB rollout.
A new customer-friendly process is being implemented in Munich for this, enabling almost all freight to be shipped from Munich without AWBs, regardless of destination.
Once successfully stabilized, the e-AWB will be extended to more customers.
Numerous forwarders have expressed an interest in being included in this first phase. Volumes are expected to rise to 45 percent by the end of the year.
Lower time expenditure through more effi cient processes
Better for the environment
The following need to be in place for eFreight:
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