Cargo 2000 Sets New Quality Standards

The Cargo 2000 (C2K) Working Group in a meeting attended by more than sixty operational and technical managers met in Vienna at the end of last week in a drive to implement new quality standards for the air cargo industry.

From l > r:  Ariaen Zimmerman, Executive Director C2K / France Pellerin, Manager Cargo Quality Compliance, Air Canada / Stephen Smith, Vice President Senior Project Manager, DHL GF
From l > r: Ariaen Zimmerman, Executive Director C2K / France Pellerin, Manager Cargo Quality Compliance, Air Canada / Stephen Smith, Vice President Senior Project Manager, DHL GF

What were the aims?
The main aim of the get together was to try and finalise the C2K Airport-to-Airport (A2A) specifications and also have a “re-look” at its Door-to-Door (D2D) process definitions.
In addition to the above the working group took their Audit and Certification Programme under the microscope with the aim of a new re-launch in 2016.

The implementation of the new A2A specification came under final review and the document defines the standard processes and measures at Air Waybill (AWB) levels for the movement of shipments from airport of origin to destination airport for airlines, forwarders and ground handlers.

D2D process definitions are moving into a final revision mode
The D2D specification, which is set up to define standard processes and measures at the House Air Waybill (HAWB) level for D2D movements adopted by trucking companies and forwarders, can according to Cargo 2000 officials, now move into a final revision mode.

A new task force has been set up by Cargo 2000 to accompany the revision process and standards.
This task force is made up of members from the airline industry, IT companies and representatives of the forwarding industry and will hold its first official meeting in Frankfurt in November.

Standardizing measurement of door-to-door transports
Stephen Smith, Vice President Senior Project Manager , DHL Global Forwarding is enthusiastic about the developments and is quoted as saying that “this week‘s meeting marks an important milestone for C2K as we continue to develop and enhance our processes for the benefit of the air cargo community.”
He added that “the launch of the door-to-door specification revision is integral for DHL Global Forwarding as it will be the standard to measure the door-to-door performance and improve the air cargo customer experience.”

Cargo 2000’s Technical Working Group has set up a so called Smart Data project with the aim of providing added value and guidance for where shipment processing time lapses occur.

Still a lot of work ahead for the C2K groups before final implementation in 2016 and 2017.

John Mc Donagh

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