Digitalizing the e-CSD!
“Get even further away from the Document Flow,” this was the message that Thilo Schaefer, VP Global Handling Management at Lufthansa Cargo, gave to his audience at last week’s Cargo Security Conference, hosted by Lufthansa and held in the Eintracht Frankfurt football stadium. The conference which is held every two years was attended by about 250 representatives from the shipping, handling, freight agents and regulatory world.
Herr Schaefer’s presentation was in our view one of the most interesting given that day.
It again shows Lufthansa Cargo’s intention of staying on the road to “less paper, less cost and a more streamlined and efficient system” for its customers.
e-CSD - Electronic Consignment Security Declaration. The aim of Thilo Schaefer and his team is to finally digitalize all information passing through this system in order to speed up processes and get away from the massive amounts of paper still being used in this very important segment of the cargo handling chain.
IATA has for the past two years been working hard with carriers, regulators, freight forwarders, ground handling agents and other key stakeholders worldwide to develop standards and processes for e-CSD data capture.
Admittedly, this is a complex theme and one which can only be effectively changed by those who are more “au-fait” with advanced IT implementation systems.
It seems however, that LH Cargo’s handling management has got their hands around this and is intent on pushing the digitalization through.
These are the basic features needed:
it should be compliant with all information required by e-CSD
must be acceptable to all worldwide regulatory bodies
applicable for direct and consolidation shipments
be readily available to all “regulated agents.”
be so programmed that it is able to include ad-hoc country textual statements, such as, “emergency amendments.”
The benefits in Mr Schaefers view would be:
- easy to understand and compliant with regulations
- simple transition and use
transparent know how for users.
simple integration - and so on.
There is still a long way to go before this can be finally put into place and be available to all for effective implementation.
Schaefer and his team are convinced that this is the right way to go and are intent on seeing it work.
However, there are still a few problems to be overcome:
present IT systems have to be adapted accordingly
the quality of data on hand has to be amended to fit
present regulations have to be harmonized to be able to adapt
Des Vertannes, IATA Cargo’s outgoing chief, once commented that “e-CSD is a key facilitator for securing the whole supply chain.”
Since then, many carriers and countries have started implementation.
LH Cargo now goes a step further in developing and promoting the digitalization of e-CSD.
Still some work to be done!
“And while we are on the subject of the e’s:”
The Elite Association of Logistics Networks (ELITE) has become the latest influential global association to endorse IATA’s Multilateral e-AWB Agreement. The association represents more than 6,200 freight forwarder members in 191 countries with a combined turnover of over US$60 bn.
In a statement published on IATA’s website, the association asserts its commitment to e-AWB utilization by stating: “we fully support IATA’s ongoing drive for greater efficiencies in air cargo. Through WIN we are now offering immediate e-AWB access to our combined membership along with streamlined ability to joinIATA resolution 672 via simple and easy click to agree mechanism. States John DeBenedette, Elite’s MD: “Independent forwarders are already reporting to us tangible cost and time savings from e-AWB implementation, and we fully believe this sector will play an important role in helping the air cargo industry achieve its e-AWB penetration targets.”
The full ELITE Statement is available on the IATA website: http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/e/eawb/Documents/e-awb-ffassociation-endorsement-elite-network.pdf
For further information or to arrange interviews please contact:
John DeBenedette, Managing Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
In a statement published on IATA‘s website, the association asserted it‘s commitment to e-AWB utilization by stating:“ we fully support IATA‘s ongoing drive for greater efficiencies in air cargo.
Through WIN we are now offering immediate e-AWB access to our combined membership along with streamlined ability to join IATA resolution 672 via simple and easy click to agree
ELITE works closely with WIN (Worldwide Information Network) as it‘s partner platform for e-AWB adoption.
John Mc Donagh