E-freight workshop pushes for wider adoption in Thailand

The seminar, organised by air cargo handler Bangkok Flight Services (BFS) and technology specialist Worldwide Information Network (WIN), was attended by airlines and forwarders, including members of the Thai Airfreight Forwarders Association (TAFA) and the Thai International Freight Forwarders Association (TIFFA).

BFS cargo manager David Ambridge said the workshop had been "a huge success" attracting more than 50 delegates and prompting the need for a second session to accommodate the level of interest, reported Lloyd's List.

"Already since this session we have seen a major Thai forwarder sign up and actually begin e-AWB shipments and I have also had renewed interest from two major European airlines. This is all good news and I look forward to seeing more and more e-AWB shipments moving through our cargo terminal," said Mr Ambridge.

BFS, the largest handler at Bangkok airport, is a joint venture between Paris-based ground handler Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) and Bangkok Airways. It has been working with WIN to increase transmission of e-AWB data in Thailand since the beginning of the year.

"In the last few months, the momentum of e-AWB has really accelerated globally," said project manager for cargo e-business adoption at IATA, Isabella Anderson.

IATA says on its website that the "vision" is to achieve 100 per cent e-AWB on feasible trade lanes by the end of 2018.
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