Amsterdam Schiphol and Singapore Changi Airport have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on e-freight: paperless air cargo.
According to the MOU, both airports will facilitate and promote to their local supply chain the use and further development of paperless air cargo transport, thereby creating a paperless trade lane between them.
Also they agreed to exchange e-freight knowledge, expertise and explore the possibilities of joint research.
E-freight is an IATA initiative and aims to replace paper with digital documents throughout the supply chain in air freight; at all levels from shippers, forwarders and export customs to carriers, import customs, forwarders and receivers.
Normally each packet that is transported by air contributes about thirty documents with them. On an annual basis this method causes an amount of paper that can fill 80 B747 freighters.
Enno Osinga, Schiphol’s senior vice president of cargo, says: "We invest heavily in sustainability at Schiphol. Working paperless creates many benefits for all parties.”