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IATA e-freight Now Operational in China

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IATA e-freight is now operational in China, with Tianjin Binhai International Airport being Chinas first airport to implement the standard.

IATA e-freight is one of the Simplifying the Business projects that improves service and cut costs. It aims to take the paper out of the air cargo supply chain. Facilitated by IATA, the project is an industry-wide initiative involving carriers, freight forwarders, ground handlers, shippers and customs authorities. IATA e-freight effectively eliminates the need to send 12 core paper documents with air cargo shipments, hence streamlining processes, improving speed and reliability and cutting costs.

The e-freight implementation team at Tianjin is truly an industry effort, with members representing the whole supply chain. International and local forwarders involved are Sinotrans, Dimerco, Kerry Logistics, Cosco, DGF, Expeditors, while the airlines involved are China Cargo Airlines, Air China, Grandstar, EVA and Great Wall. The team started work in June 2009 and delivered IATA e-freight on schedule. China is the 26th e-freight location worldwide to deliver paper-free cargo.

With e-freight implemented in China, there will be time savings for the transportation and availability of goods by up to 24 hours due to the electronic clearance and paper free process. E-freight will also bring similar benefits to other airports in China.

 IATA aims to build on the success at Tianjin Airport and implements e-freight in more airports in China, enhancing the competitiveness of China.

In addition to the international e-freight program, there are also plans to implement domestic e-freight at six different locations in China in June 2010. Chinas eight major domestic carriers are participating in the domestic e-freight program.

IATA e-freight is already operational in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Dubai, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritius, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.

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