Schiphol data sharing platform blooms

14 / 03 / 2018

As part of its Smart Cargo Mainport Program (SCMP), Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is now linking critical flower shipment data to air waybills at source, the Dutch gateway announced at the IATA World Cargo Symposium currently under way in Dallas, Texas.

The SCMP aims to increase efficiencies at Schiphol through increased data sharing and includes initiatives such as the Holland Flower Alliance Data Sharing Working Group, which piloted the scheme.

“Through close collaboration between the floriculture and air cargo sectors, we are now able to link two critical sets of data and increase trust between parties by making that data available to everyone at all times,” said Jonas van Stekelenburg, head of cargo at Schiphol.

“The new portal uses a unique ‘global standard 1’ code (GLN) combined with an order number. This way the system excludes duplications of either order numbers or air waybill numbers,” he explained.

Shipment data (such as number of boxes, flower type and number of flowers and stems in each box) is linked to air waybill numbers and the resultant unique GLN codes give all users access to all the data in one place. Flower shipments on pilot flights from Nairobi to the Aalsmeer flower auction in the Netherlands have proven to be traceable individually and in real time throughout their journey.

“This unique collaboration by means of SCMP and the Holland Flower Alliance is of great value for the precious supply chain of floriculture cargo,” said Marcel de Nooijer, executive vice president Air France KLM and managing director Martinair.

“By joining hands, we are really working hard to increase efficiency and quality and to lower costs throughout the whole supply chain. The development and launch of this data sharing platform is a real example that we are doing ‘new stuff’ benefiting all stakeholders in the floriculture chain,” he added.

The platform was developed after consultation with the Cargo Community identified priorities for the perishable cool chain, with the ability to track and trace at individual box level from farm to auction appearing as a unanimous priority for all parties.

“The portal also ensures that only authorised parties have access to sensitive data, increasing trust and cooperation, and encouraging further collaboration towards common goals,” said Koos van der Meij, project manager, Information Sharing Working Group.

The next step is to present the data to the end customer in a user-friendly way; Holland Flower Alliance partners are working on this, alongside forwarders Kuehne + Nagel and Panalpina.

Other projects under the SCMP banner include Pharma Gateway Amsterdam and EU Green Fast Lanes.