Thai Freight Forwarders Mobilize E-AWBs

The Thai air cargo community it seems has been inspired by the e-freight workshop recently held in Bangkok, organized with the aim of speeding up e-AWB adoption in the country.

David Ambridge
David Ambridge

The seminar jointly organized by Bangkok Flight Services (BFS) and the Worldwide Information Network (WIN), was according to the organizers well attended by airlines, local and multinational forwarders and the Thai Airfreight Forwarders Association (TAFA).

The Thai air freight market, like many others, is still lagging behind somewhat as regards a speedier overall introduction of the e-AWB within the country.
The workshop focused on the steps each which the attendees could individually take this year to try and put Thailand somewhere near the top of the list as far as adoption of the e-AWB process is concerned.

e-AWB is accelerating, IATA
The gathering which was attended by over 50 persons was according to David Ambridge, General Manager of BFS, a huge success and in his view had prompted the absolute need for a second session in order to accommodate other interesting parties.

Isabella Anderson who is the IATA Project Manager for Cargo e-Business Adoption stated that “in the last few months the momentum of e-AWB has really accelerated globally.”

BFS’s David Ambridge went on to say that “collaboration like this is the future not only for e-AWB but for many other issues we face in the air cargo industry. Already since this session we have seen a major Thai forwarder sign-up and actually begin e-AWB shipments and I have also had renewed interest from two major European airlines“, he added.

BFS takes the pole
Bangkok Flight Services which is a joint venture between Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) and Bangkok Airways, is seen to now be the largest handler at Bangkok airport.
They have been coordinating closely with WIN since the start of this year in order to promote and increase the e-AWB data transmission in Thailand.

It would be interesting if IATA were to open up the books and give the air cargo market an up-to-date look at how the worldwide e-AWB transmission is actually doing.
There was much talk a couple of years ago that the e-AWB process would catch on fast and have an almost worldwide coverage in the near future.

How far are we actually?

John Mc Donagh

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