The Potential for Better Technology Integration

Technological advances have infl uenced almost every aspect of how today’s world operates. The air cargo industry however, seems to be taking its time in fully embracing the digital era and all it has to offer. By Dheeraj Kohli


With Asia Pacifi c accounting for the largest share (37.5%) of the global cargo industry, this region is well placed to drive the transformation of the industry globally.

 

Industry Inefficiencies

Lengthy transits and cumbersome paperwork are inexcusable when technology solutions for these issues are readily available. IATA has been spearheading the “e-freight” campaign to bring the air cargo industry into a paperless era. The e-Air Waybill (e-AWB) was introduced to enable documentation to be shared instantly and digitally between all links in the supply chain. This eliminates paper handling, transporting and processing costs, and reduces revenuesapping freight wait time by providing real-time visibility of cargo across the supply chain. Despite narrowly missing the penetration target for the past 2 years, optimism is high about reaching the forecasted 62% by the end of 2017.

Nonetheless, the E-AWB is only the fi rst step towards a more technologicallyintegrated future for air cargo. Th ere are a multitude of other technological innovations that the industry has so far only briefl y fl irted with.

 

Playing by the Rules

In June 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed fi ning Amazon $350,000 for allegedly mishandling corrosive chemicals in an air shipment. Th e FAA stated that the shipment was not properly packaged or accompanied with the proper declaration stating the hazardous nature of its contents. Furthermore, it is alleged that Amazon did not provide the correct training to employees handling the shipment.