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Paperless Paris network gains traction

By control on December 19, 2012

More than 80 airlines and sales agents have joined the Paris-based Cargo Information Network (CIN) since its launch at the start of 2012. New members include DHL Aviation, Corsair, Iberia, TAP Portugal, Air China and Asiana, as well as the carriers represented by Globe Air Cargo, Aero Cargo and EFIS Air, subsidiaries of the ECS group of GSAs.

CIN is an independently managed platform which combines the information from all the participants in the airfreight community at Paris CDG in order to streamline security, provide Customs data and improve efficiency. The system also provides real-time traceability of all shipments as well as automatic validation of exports. Many large French exporters now depend on CIN members to process their airfreight shipments.

The totally paperless system complies with EU directives and requirements of foreign administrations covering the validation and physical tracking of export shipments, and offers a number of other operational advantages such as the calculation of duty payable.

CIN’s founder members a year ago were Air France-KLM, Lufthansa, Delta Airlines and Eva Air, said MD Jean Francois Bouilhaguet.

“This community information system is primarily aimed at improving productivity and reducing costs for its participants. It allows members to fulfill their security obligations as well as monitoring all shipments,” Bouilhaguet explained. “I believe that the successful operation of CIN will be essential in the adoption of e- freight.”

From what he described as “very promising” beginnings, Bouilhaguet pledged to “pursue this project vigorously with other French-based air cargo operators” over the coming year.
IATA is backing the initiative as part of its campaign for paperless cargo processing, and is encouraging other countries to set up similar networks.

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