Two users of AIS (Advance Information System) – the new CCS-UK module that helps speed up deliveries and collections of air cargo at Heathrow Airport – have collaborated with CCS-UK and CCS-UK User Group to produce a system enhancement that enables them to send automatic status updates to airfreight forwarders and hauliers.
Air cargo handling agents dnata and ASC can now provide agents and hauliers delivering or collecting cargo with regular updates direct into their systems, or via the AIS portal. Processing within the transit shed system triggers the updates, which are sent when the truck driver reports to the handling agent’s reception, when the vehicle is positioned on the dock, when off-loading or loading commences and finishes, and when the vehicle departs the transit shed.
While occasional users can access the updates via the AIS portal, regular users are encouraged to undertake a simple modification that integrates the AIS module into their own management system. This means updates appear on-screen, and are added to the cargo record in their system.
CCS-UK User Group is the not-for-profit body which represents members of the CCS-UK user community. It works with CCS-UK and the community to facilitate enhancements to the system, and represents its community in dealings with Government and official bodies such as HMRC and Border Force. The AIS module is free of charge for all 900 CCS-UK subscribers.