Is e-freight finally finding some traction

THE troubled and often painfully slow e-freight project received a boost in early July when Emirates SkyCargo announced that total shipments of e-freight reached the one million kilos per month milestone. The airline also passed the 16 million kilo mark in total e-freight shipments.

The carrier managed to achieve this landmark in just 19 months and is now seeing around 12 per cent of shipments from compliant airports being sent in this way.

Ram Menen (right), Emirates’ divisional senior vice-president cargo, said: “E-freight is the future of our industry, and one we are embracing. Its benefits are enormous and we encourage our forwarding partners to adopt it.”

The airline went on to claim that forwarders who send traffic using e-freight can enjoy the benefits of a faster service through reduced cycle times; greater reliability and accuracy with its one-time electronic data entry at point of origin; better visibility as electronic documentation allows for online track and trace functionality; and customs benefits as the number of fines are reduced and deposits are no longer required.

For the full story read the latest free digital edition of Air Cargo News, dated 12 July, here.

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