8th WCS emphasis on E-Freight and quality agenda

The 8th World Cargo Symposium (WCS) concluded in Los Angeles on 13 March with new initiatives to improve the efficiency and quality of global air freight.


8th WCS emphasis on E-Freight and quality agenda


The 8th World Cargo Symposium (WCS) concluded in Los Angeles on 13 March with new initiatives to improve the efficiency and quality of global air freight. Delegates in Committee meetings and discussion tracks agreed that while the need to push e-Air Waybill (E-AWB) penetration to 22 per cent in 2014 – after reaching only 12 per cent last year, far short of the 20 per cent goal – remained the key priority, a wider focus on the full e-freight suite, to deliver a paperless cargo process, was needed.

“The ‘E’ agenda has been the talk of the town. It means ‘e-freight’, but it could just as easily refer to ‘efficiency’. The efficiency benefits of the move to paperless cargo are increasingly understood, but to accelerate implementation, we need to widen the circle of stakeholders beyond airlines and freight forwarders, and embrace the ground handling and shipping community also,” said Des Vertannes, IATA’s global head of cargo.

The quality agenda, which Vertannes crystalised with a call for a cut in the end-to-end consignment transit time of up to 48 hours, was boosted by the Cargo 2000 Board which adopted a milestone of a six-hour target for documents and freight to be released after landing, and committed to developing two further milestones, for the end-to-end and airport-airport stages of cargo shipments.