China Southern Airlines, the newest member of SkyTeam and the largest airline in China, has launched a new paperless air cargo e-freight service.
The first use of the system was on China Southern flight CZ3603 from Guangzhou to Dalian, in partnership with two of the top 10 freight forwarders in Guangzhou: XinBang Logistics and SuiJia Logistics.
Thus the system is already in use and working as a real practical project. Now further expansion into other routes is planned and will involve more freight forwarders.
IATA e-freight is one of the five “Simplifying the Business” projects that are themed to improve service and cut costs while taking paper out of the air cargo supply chain.
Facilitated by IATA, the project is an industry-wide initiative involving carriers, freight forwarders, ground handlers, shippers and customs authorities. IATA e-freight effectively eliminates the need to send 20 paper documents with air cargo shipments, thus streamlining processes, improving speed and reliability and reducing losses as well.
Focus on Travel News reports that it is estimated that the application of the new system will save RMB1 million a year for China Southern Airlines. And a lot of trees which would otherwise would be used for pointless documentation.