Software and electronic communication providers IES, Ltd. and Traxon Europe are co-operating to provide seamless electronic data exchange between forwarders and airlines. This has become especially important since many airlines require Master Air Waybills (MAWB) and House Air Waybills (HAWB) information in electronic format from forwarders in order to comply with new customs regulations implemented in the European Union at the beginning of the year.
“IES and Traxon Europe have created an extensive data-driven network for EU ICS (Import Control System) compliance,” explains Andrew Bullen, president & CEO of transportation software provider IES, Ltd. “In this scenario, the combined IES-Traxon network acts as a ‘data hub’ at the centre of ICS connectivity. Users interface with the IES Air Export software product that guides them through the data entry process. Next, the data is automatically routed to Traxon and then on to the carriers.”
ICS is the mandatory electronic customs procedure for import shipments into the EU designed to improve security by providing advance cargo information. It requires detailed data on goods to be submitted electronically and prior to arrival.
The new regulations have come into effect in all 27 EU member states, Norway and Switzerland in order to facilitate risk analysis by local customs authorities.