Vancouver International Airport adopts community system to meet airfreight growth

By Damian Brett

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Vancouver International Airport (YVR) will implement Kale Info Solutions’ Airport Cargo Community System (ACCS) as it looks to meet growing airfreight volumes.

A proof of concept of Kale’s ACCS will take place ahead of full implementation of the solution at the airport, which is the second-largest in Canada.

The airport hopes the system will help address truck congestion challenges, which continue to affect many North American airports on the back of rising air cargo volumes.

Kale’s system will enable advance shipment notifications to be sent from shippers, agents, and truckers to cargo handlers and airlines at the airport.

This will bring real-time updates on estimated arrival times, as well as details on actual cargo on-board.

“Advance truck slot booking capabilities will enable trucking companies and ground handlers to coordinate landside freight movements, reducing congestion and pollution by eliminating waiting times and enabling ground handling companies and airlines to process trucks efficiently and cost-effectively,” Kale said in a press release.

“YVR is investing in its cargo operations to ensure it can continue to meet growing demand while identifying new solutions that will increase efficiencies with trucking and transportation, especially during peak hours.”

The system also offers an app to allow truck slots to be booked on the move and adjusted automatically.

YVR manager for commercial leasing and cargo Jason Tse said: “YVR is focused on enhancing our cargo operation and working with our airline and freight forwarding partners to meet our shared goals for the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of goods, all while advancing our climate commitments.

“Technology and digitisation are key aspects of how we will achieve success, and we look forward to working with Kale Info Solutions and applying its innovative Cargo Community System at YVR for the benefit of our partners, our community, and the economy that supports it.”

Kale said that it had piloted the truck slot and dock management module of its Airport Cargo Community System with Worldwide Flight Services at New York JFK bringing reductions in truck wait times of up to 66% for exports and 48% for imports.

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