e-Freight assessment in Taiwan

On 16 Sept, 2006, the IATA e Freight Assessment Conference took place in Taiwan, with both government bodies and private sector entities attending . The IATA e-freight is facilitating the industry, through cross functional and cross segment working groups, to establish and agree on industry principles for operating within an e-customs environment along with e-business […]


e-Freight assessment Taiwan


On 16 Sept, 2006, the IATA e Freight Assessment Conference took place in Taiwan, with both government bodies and private sector entities attending . The IATA e-freight is facilitating the industry, through cross functional and cross segment working groups, to establish and agree on industry principles for operating within an e-customs environment along with e-business processes and e-message standards. The long-term vision for the industry should eliminate the need to produce and transport all paper for all stakeholders.

The paper-free e-Freight offers two specific attractive characteristics compared to the paperless environment, with the e-Freight scope covering the legal, technical processes, as well as standards changes. This compares to the current air logistics environment in Taiwan in which the government adopts paperless processes in some cases and other areas and industries are requested for paper submission by law.

Some of the most difficult challenges linked with switching from paper-based, to electronic processes are the cost of operation, despite the trade facilitation, security enhancements and speed it provides. Th erefore, TAFA-R represents the right aim for the IATA e-Freight on the e freight project.

TAFA-R has an e-customs 100 per cent compliance with the IATA e-Freight requirements, but it was reported in the HLA (High Level Assessment) that Taiwan cannot sign MC99 and MP4, nor can it make a commitment to WCO SAFE. This is because Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations and consequently has no legal ground to sign the UN instruments, nor be admitted to the WCO.