IT company Unisys announced the development of a new payment platform based on its proprietary Digistics™ air cargo software, a press release confirmed. The new platform enables cargo providers to move cargo faster and reduce payment costs, whilst providing more payment options, including direct automated clearinghouse (ACH) debits, prefunded accounts or credit card payments.
Developed as part of a collaboration between Unisys and PayCargo, a provider of electronic invoicing and settlement solutions for the shipping industry, Unisys said the integrated solution enables carriers to process payments more quickly, whilst allowing clients to have their cargo released on the same day.
In addition, all payments made via PayCargo can be viewed on the AWB Charges function within the Unisys Digistics solution for auditing and payment tracking. Airlines do not need to access multiple systems, and the automated data flows save time and avoid costly human errors.
Available from 6 August, the integrated solution automates payment creation for payers, including freight forwarders, importers and beneficial cargo owners, as well as real-time remittance validation for airlines to enable same-day release of cargo. Unisys notet that the application programming interface (API) integration connects PayCargo directly into Unisys’ cargo management Digi-Portal system.
Delta Cargo, the air freight division of Delta Air Lines, recently announced that they have implemented the platform to offer customers an additional option to pay for their shipments’ destination charges.