e-Freight cooperation in Shanghai

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), Shanghai Customs, Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, Shanghai Airport Authority, China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai E-port have all signed a Letter of Initiative (LOI) to jointly promote e-Freight in Shanghai.


e-Freight cooperation in Shanghai


The International Air Transport Association (IATA), Shanghai Customs, Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, Shanghai Airport Authority, China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai E-port have all signed a Letter of Initiative (LOI) to jointly promote e-Freight in Shanghai.

Under the terms of the LOI, the six organisations will cooperate to: Improve efficiency and reduce costs in existing processes by phasing out the need for a security check stamp on paper air waybills; eliminate the need for paper air waybills and facilitate the implementation of paperless customs clearance at Shanghai Pudong Airport and; optimise and streamline data sharing between the parties.

“China is the second largest market for international freight by air. With much of the world’s manufacturing taking place in China, it is essential that processes are kept as efficient as possible,” said Zhang Baojian, IATA’s regional VP for North Asia.

E-freight pilots have been implemented at Shanghai Pudong Airport, Guangzhou Baiyun Airport and Beijing Capital Airport. In June 2014, China Cargo Airlines successfully launched the pilot e-air waybill pilot at Shanghai Pudong Airport. To date, Shanghai is the leading airport in China in terms of the number of e-AWBs processed.