Emirates beats rivals to e-freight

NAIROBI, KENYA – Emirates SkyCargo is the first carrier to adopt Electronic-Air Waybill (e-AWB) shipments.
“Following the recent World Cargo Symposium held in Doha, at which the e-AWB multilateral agreement was ratified, we have received an increased interest in e-AWB adoption from our customer base globally, “ Ram Menen, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President Cargo said in a statement. 
He said they have seen a heightened interest in e-freight implementation industry-wide. “We are at an important junction for the cargo industry, with the future looking bright for e-freight adoption,” he said. Dubai is Emirates’ main hub.
As the first airline to carry cargo under the multilateral agreement,  Emirates SkyCargo has shown its  continued leadership in adopting the latest innovations and industry standards.
Since 2011, Emirates SkyCargo has put in place over 120 bilateral e-AWB agreements with its customers to ensure a smooth transition from paper Air Waybills (AWB) to electronic record formats, known in industry terms as ‘Electronic Air Waybill data’.
Menen said: “With increased flexibility in the e-AWB process as a result of the multilateral e-AWB agreement, industry players are finding it easier to
enter into the e-AWB environment and manage processes electronically with their customers.”
He added: “Emirates SkyCargo will continue to remain at the forefront of these developments and advise those interested in taking the steps to ‘go green’ and adopt a paperless cargo system.”
Emirates Cargo Manager for East Africa, Khalid Al Hinai said full transition to e-freight was a giant stride forward.
He said: “Eliminating paper AWBs from our hub demonstrates our commitment to bringing enhanced operational efficiency to the supply chain. The benefits for the entire industry are clear, simplifying business and reducing costs.”

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