TIACA’s Shippers’ Advisory Committee (SAC) wants all sectors of the air cargo supply chain to engage in constructive discussion and embrace new process, new technology, and greater transparency.

The group, which published a position paper supported by the Global Shippers Forum (GSF) and the European Shippers’ Council in 2017, aims to bring the voice of the shipper to existing discussions and initiatives, as well as spark debate on how to innovate, be it adopting new process, or new technology.

‘At the moment, the air cargo supply chain requires 21 documents to be sent 40 times, in 20 steps. It is complicated, it is expensive, it is outdated, it is slow, and unreliable.’

‘A decentralized open platform with a shared collaborative environment would enable seamless integration and real-time visibility over freight.’

‘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”. We would be boosting efficiency and flexibility.’

The SAC has several short-term goals, including investigating a logistics data backbone solution, while also championing innovative technology such as smart labels and intelligent boxes and calling for ways to increase transparency, looking at “new ways to communicate data and providing options that reduce the need for physical consolidations and allow for virtual ones.”

The SAC will be meeting regularly to discuss options for the industry to better collaborate, and each member will be drafting an essay outlining their concerns and challenges based on the sector they are involved with.

To read the Position Paper in full, click here

To find out more about the Shippers’ Advisory Committee, contact TIACA’s Secretariat at secgen@tiaca.org