Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) today announced that the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru has been rated as an e-freight compliant airport by IATA for its cargo operations. This project reiterates the airport’s efforts in sustaining the long-term well-being of the environment. The e-freight concept was launched by IATA in 2006 as part of the StB (simplifying the business) program and became an industry-wide initiative.
"IATA would like to congratulate Bangalore International Airport Limited on being an e-freight compliant airport. The team has demonstrated great dedication and passion in the preparation and test pilot, an achievement that will not only benefit the airport but the entire industry. This is indeed a definite step forward in modernizing air cargo shipment and an example for other airports in India and around the world” said Mr. Glen Hughes, Global Head Cargo, IATA.
Facilitated by IATA along with the endorsement of the members of the Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG), the project is an industry-wide initiative. It involves carriers, freight forwarders, ground handlers, shippers and customs authorities to effectively streamline processes, cut costs and improve speed and reliability.
A few Key benefits of the implementation of the e-freight project are:
- Improved process efficiency
- Higher productivity
- Better quality & reliability
- Improved cost savings
The air cargo industry today, relies heavily on paper based processes to support the movement of freight. An average airfreight shipment generates up to 30 different paper documents. This increases the cargo turnaround time and the cost involved in the airfreight process. IATA’s e-freight implementation at this airport will bring strategic benefit to the trade in the region. By implementing e-freight international standards, Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru will benefit the industry by eliminating the use of paper in the air cargo supply chain.
Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru is the first Airport in India to be declared as IATA e-freight compliant with the operationalization & implementation of the e-freight process. Being an e-freight compliant airport is another step towards BIAL’s vision to be a role model for sustainable progress, creating best practices and setting benchmarks for all airports across the country.