DUTCH, Chinese and international air chiefs are to exchange traditional cakes and flowers to mark an historic freight deal.
Schiphol Cargo, Amsterdam, and China’s Central Customs Department with IATA have agreed a deal to launch paperless freight deliveries from the beginning of October.
In a symbolic celebration of the agreement, the group will exchange simultaneous e-freight shipments of mooncakes - a Chinese delicacy - and Dutch flowers.
The idea was one of several positive outcomes from a visit to Schiphol by the delegation from China and IATA.
The group wanted to see e-freight in action, and explore greater collaboration with Amsterdam.
Schipol Cargo director for business development, Saskia van Pelt says: “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.”