Olivier Layec, General Secretary, Qualitair & Sear, FIATA
Guillaume Drucy, Head, e-business, IATA Cargo
Sue Presti, Senior Director of Government Affairs, TIACA
Peter Reynolds, Strategic Logistics Manager- Molecular Imaging, GE Healthcare Ltd., GSF
The recommendations from the GACAG E-Commerce Task Force will mainly focus on four areas:
- E-Commerce facilitation in the booking and movement of air cargo;
- E-Commerce facilitation of an electronic air way bill for issuance by either carrier or agent;
- Electronic air cargo track and trace; and
- Ad hoc air cargo e-commerce issues
Booking and Movement of Air Cargo
E-commerce is a critical component of the future security, efficiency, sustainability and overall commercial success of the air cargo supply chain. The changeover from current processes will happen. GACAG will drive its development and encourage progress through several initiatives by its E-Commerce Task Force.
GACAG seeks the elimination of paper-based documentation. With participation from airlines, forwarders, ground handlers, customs and shippers, GACAG is reviewing the e-freight project launched by IATA in 2006, and will review other relevant initiatives, to identify ways to accelerate the shift to a paperless transportation process.
GACAG has identified two priority areas for collaboration among its members: the electronic air waybill (e-AWB) and the promotion of electronic Customs procedures. In addition, GACAG supports the implementation of harmonized electronic Customs procedures by countries worldwide. This is critical to creating a network of routes, so that air cargo industry participants can benefit from an end-to-end paperless process.