The Shippers’ Advisory Committee said change is needed, and that all sectors of the air cargo supply chain industry must work together to drive the adoption of new technology and greater transparency.
The International Air Cargo Association’s (TIACA) Shippers’ Advisory Committee (SAC) said in a new position paper that change is needed, and all sectors of the air cargo supply chain industry must collaborate to drive the adoption of new technology and greater transparency.
“At the moment, the air cargo supply chain requires 21 documents to be sent 40 times, in 20 steps,” the paper said, noting how the process is complicated, expensive, outdated and slow.
“A decentralized open platform with a shared collaborative environment would enable seamless integration and real-time visibility over freight,” the paper said. “We would be eliminating data re-entry and errors, instead having first-time-right data, updated by real-time events and maintained to reflect one version of the truth.”
SAC Chairman Lars Droog, who is also Head of Supply Chain and General Affairs for Tosoh Corporation, said, “Each shipper faces different challenges and has different needs, and in the coming months, we will explore these as part of the conversation.”
Over the next few months, each member on the committee will draft an essay that outlines their concerns and challenges on the sector they are involved with.
The SAC will discuss the paper and the next steps at the Executive Summit in Miami from Oct. 18-20.
In addition to Chairman Droog, SAC committee members include:
• Robert Mellin, Engagement Lead Logistics at Ericsson Industry & Society;
• Bernhard Baertschi, Head of Export, Bioforce AG;
• Pascal Meyer, Head of Transportation and Customs, Chanel Perfums Beauté;
• Tom Erling Mikkelsen, Head of Airfreight at Marine Harvest Terminal;
• Alex Nieuwpoort, Sandvik Machining Solutions;
• And Yoram Eshel, Senior Director, Head of Global Transportation and Logistics at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.