10 Dec 2013 10:00
Etihad Cargo, part of UAE flag carrier Etihad Airways, has become the first cargo airline in the Gulf region to implement Cargo-XML, the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) new technology standard for air cargo communications.
collaboratively with industry stakeholders, Cargo-XML removes the requirement
for cargo paper documentation, otherwise known as an Air Waybill.
technology is now used by a growing number of airlines and other air cargo
supply chain stakeholders, including shippers, freight forwarders,
ground-handling agents, regulators as well as customs and security agencies.
Knight, Etihad Airways Chief Planning and Strategy Officer, said: “The implementation of Cargo-XML follows
close collaboration with Abu Dhabi Customs and other stakeholders, and marks a
major step in establishing Abu Dhabi as an e-Freight airport.
implementing Cargo-XML, a technology that is more flexible and robust than
previous standards, Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi are now positioned as
e-Freight leaders across the Gulf region.
unique feature of the system allows Abu Dhabi Customs to receive advance
notification of all Abu Dhabi-bound cargo on Etihad Airways’ flights. This will enhance processing time through our
Cargo is also one of the early signatories of a new IATA multilateral agreement
on electronic communication technology standards, known as Resolution 672.Stakeholder
support for the new systems is on the rise, and IATA’s vision is to achieve 100
per cent electronic cargo communications by the end of 2015.