http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.76Change: 0.11
R/$ = 10.96Change: 0.10
Au 1193.42 $/ozChange: 4.09
Pt 1213.50 $/ozChange: 10.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Feb 24, 2012

Iata leading initiatives on paperless and secure air freight

Back
SECURITY|Cathay Pacific|Security|System|Kenya|Malaysia|Security|Building|Cargo Supply Chain|Financial Services|Screen|Security|Services|Transport|Aleksander Popovich|Security|Operations
SECURITY|Security|System|Kenya||Security|Building|Screen|Security|Services|Transport|Security|Operations
security|cathay-pacific|security-company|system|kenya|malaysia|security-facility|building|cargo-supply-chain|financial-services|screen-industry-term|security-industry-term|services|transport-industry-term|aleksander-popovich|security-person|operations
© Reuse this



The International Air Transport Associ- ation (Iata) hopes to eliminate all paperwork from all air freight operations by 2015 in a programme called efreight. In addition, another programme, secure freight, is seeking to combine security with speed in the despatch of air freight.

The efreight programme is not just an Iata programme – it involves and is supported by all the major associations involved in the global air freight industry. “The efreight programme is to take paper out of the cargo supply chain,” explains Iata senior VP: industry distribution and financial services Aleksander Popovich. “We are trying to get as many countries as possible to qualify for efreight. This is a global supply chain initiative.”

Some 45 countries are now implementing the efreight system, and between them, these countries account for 75% to 80% of global air freight. Iata’s target for 2011 was that 10% of all the air freight of these countries would use the efreight system. This target was achieved.

One of the most important pieces of paper involved in air freight is the waybill. The waybill is a significant document which contains details and instructions regarding the shipment of goods. “For 2012, we have set a target for 15% of air waybills to be ewaybills,” he states. “Currently, it is just under 5%.”

The important thing about waybills is that they are documents that are passed between freight forwarders and airlines – they do not involve, and are of no interest to, customs agencies or any other government departments. Thus, the adoption of ewaybills is entirely the concern of the freight forwarders and carriers. “It is a matter of leadership in forwarders and carriers,” he asserts. “Cathay Pacific achieved 100% ewaybills out of Hong Kong in a matter of months.” The aim is to reach 100% use of ewaybills by 2014.

Regarding secure freight, the aim is to avoid the need to screen every piece of air freight. “That would bring the industry to its knees,” he observes. Iata believes that air freight security should be implemented using a risk-based approach. Approved secure operators would get preferential treatment at airports. “We need air freight operators to become secure operators to meet security standards,” he affirms.

Again, this initiative is not unique to Iata. “A number of governments have such stand-ards, under different names. But we need to link up governments and operators. “Could secure operators get fast lanes for their cargo at airports?”

There is a need to harmonise the different requirements and standards already estab-lished by different governments in individual initiatives. “Secure freight is trying to bring recognition of a common standard, building on what exists already,” explains Popovich. “Our goal is to build a secure freight network. In contrast to efreight, it is very difficult for us to set a 100% target for secure freight, for it is out of our hands. It’s in government hands. But we do set targets for each year. We break the target down into annual pieces. Last year, our target was to get two countries – Kenya and Malaysia – into secure freight, and we succeeded.” Malaysia was, in fact, the pilot country for the secure freight concept.

“Iata does not set the rules,” clarifies Popovich. “The airlines set the rules with the agents, both for passengers and cargo. Iata follows the rules. It is not our job to change the rules, but we can advise, we can make inputs and we can propose rules – but we don’t set them.”

Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other News This Week News
JSE-listed real estate investment trust (REIT) Rebosis Property Fund achieved a distribution growth of 8.1% to 99.45c per linked unit in the financial year ended August 31, despite volatile market conditions.
JAMES ROBERTS The MOM incubator was designed to help babies in developing nations who were dying in conflict-struck nations or who do not receive hospital care
A low-cost, inflatable incubator won this year’s international James Dyson design award, which aims to encourage and inspire the next generation of design engineers.
The World Bank released its ‘Doing Business 2015: Going Beyond Efficiency’ report last month and ranked South Africa 43 out of 189 global economies for its ease of doing business, with Singapore topping the rankings.
More
 
 
Latest News
Industrialisation remains a major part of the South African developmental agenda and an important vehicle towards achieving the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) target of creating 100 black industrialists in the next five years, Trade and Industry...
The construction of a new innovation hub in the heart of the Dube TradePort, in Durban, was set to kick off in March 2016, as Dube TradePort Corporation sealed a R160-million lease agreement with Eureka Capital. Eureka Capital planned to develop a seven-storey 21 500...
South Africa will become the first African country to host the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD’s) Steel Committee Conference when the committee’s seventy-seventh session takes place in Cape Town between December 11 and 12. The...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
JSE-listed real estate investment trust (REIT) Rebosis Property Fund achieved a distribution growth of 8.1% to 99.45c per linked unit in the financial year ended August 31, despite volatile market conditions.
JAMES ROBERTS The MOM incubator was designed to help babies in developing nations who were dying in conflict-struck nations or who do not receive hospital care
A low-cost, inflatable incubator won this year’s international James Dyson design award, which aims to encourage and inspire the next generation of design engineers.
The World Bank released its ‘Doing Business 2015: Going Beyond Efficiency’ report last month and ranked South Africa 43 out of 189 global economies for its ease of doing business, with Singapore topping the rankings.
Air Products South Africa officially launched its R300-million Eastern Cape air- separation unit (ASU), at its new manufacturing facility in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), earlier this month. It is the second facility that Air Products launched in South...
BMW South Africa (SA) has signed a power purchasing agreement with energy company Bio2Watt. The offtake partnership will bring renewable energy to the carmaker’s Rosslyn plant, north of Pretoria.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks