China agreement to promote e-freight

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 signed a Letter of Initiative (LOI) on 10 March 2015 to jointly promote e-Freight in Shanghai.


China agreement to promote e-freight


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 signed a Letter of Initiative (LOI) on 10 March 2015 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. This can be achieved through partnership and adoption of global standards. This agreement will bolster Shanghai’s position as a leading air freight hub in China and in the world,” said Zhang Baojian, IATA’s regional VP for North Asia.