Two major Hong Kong airfreight forwarders have completed a successful trial to produce electronic air waybills (e-AWB) using Hactl’s COSAC-AWB facility.
BEL International Logistics Ltd and Rhenus Logistics Hong Kong Ltd are now ready to generate IATA-standard e-AWB for any carrier handled by Hactl that accepts electronic bookings, having demonstrated their ability to input data correctly through COSAC-AWB, for subsequent verification by Hactl.
The successful adoption of the COSAC-AWB system by the two agents could prove a major step forward in e-Freight through Hong Kong, as Hactl handles 100 airlines and transacts business with around 1,000 freight forwarders in Hong Kong and China.
COSAC-AWB is a web-based e-AWB generation module, and one of the key features of Hactl’s major new cargo management system, COSAC-Plus, launched in 2012 – after three years’ development and an investment of US$30 million. COSAC-AWB complies with the IATA e-AWB protocol, removing the need to print, handle or archive paper AWBs.
COSAC-AWB has recently been upgraded to accommodate co-loading – an important factor in Hong Kong due to the large volume of such traffic. This enhancement had to be driven in Hong Kong by Hactl and a local e-AWB working group, as it is not currently fully-defined by IATA.