Singapore Airlines Cargo is replacing the paper documents that typically accompany airfreight, with electronic information.
Over the past several months, the airline has been working closely with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and actively engaging key industry players like freight forwarders, ground handling agents, local customs administrations and airport authorities at several locations to prepare for the pilot programme.
Yesterday, the paper-free era for SIA Cargo began with the simultaneous launch of e-freight shipments between Singapore and London, and between Singapore and Amsterdam. The airline also plans to commence e-freight trials between Singapore and Hong Kong from 16 November 2007.
Goh Choon Phong, president of SIA Cargo commented: “Pushing for cost efficiency is a key priority for SIA Cargo, and the e-freight initiative will benefit all partners in the airfreight supply chain by eliminating cumbersome documentation that costs the industry over a billion dollars a year. I thank all the key industry players for their dedication, teamwork and commitment to make this historic project a success.
“Moreover, replacing paperwork with electronic information is also in line with our corporate mission to keep our operations environmentally friendly,” he added.