Emirates SkyCargo handles 1000th e-freight shipment

IN December, Emirates SkyCargo became the first e-freight compliant carrier in the Middle East. Today, it has successfully handled more than 1,000 e-freight shipments. The 1,000th e-freight shipment was sent by Dubai based Allport Cargo from Dubai to London Heathrow. To date, the leading freight forwarder network-wide is DHL Global Forwarding, with nearly 400 shipments on Emirates SkyCargo alone.

Niranjan Navaratnarajah, Emirates manager cargo systems and revenue planning and co-chairperson of the Dubai implementation team, said: “Part of the reason for the quick uptake in Dubai is the complete buy-in from the authorities involved in implementing the initiative.”

Forwarders who send traffic using e-freight reduce cycle times and send their products with greater reliability and accuracy using a one-time electronic data entry at point of origin. It has better visibility as electronic documentation allows for online track and trace functionality. It is estimated that e-freight saves the industry US$1.2 billion annually through reduced inventories and document processing cost savings.

Navaratnarajah added, that while many freight forwarders had started sending e-freight shipments on enabled routes, there was still a lot of potential for growth – with more forwarders still to begin using it, as well as a greater number of shipments to be sent via e-freight.

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