Qantas Freight has announced the roll-out of its e-Freight initiative in Australia by 2010, in conjunction with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the local airfreight industry.
Qantas Freight executive general manager Grant Fenn said the move was a significant step towards modernising and simplifying the air cargo industry, meeting the demands of international supply chains.
“Air freight at present is unnecessarily complex, relying on myriad outdated paper processes,” he said.
“We are looking forward to when paper airway bills and other documentation currently required in multiple copies can be replaced with a single electronic message that can be used throughout the life of the shipment."
Qantas Freight has already begun a multi-million dollar project to replace its IT systems to enhance the accuracy of data capture and handle demands for greater data sharing.
Mr Fenn said a key to improving the quality of information is collaboration among relevant sectors, including airlines, government agencies, forwarders and shippers.
"Ultimately, electronic messaging will mean better service for customers and a strengthening of the safety and security of air cargo, without disrupting speed of delivery,” he said.
"The e-Freight initiative will also deliver significant cost savings to the industry through the elimination of paper storage, a reduction in the incidence of delays from freight arriving at its destination without documentation, and improved data consistency."