CAS Launches New e-AWB Service for Forwarders
Consolidated Aviation Services’ (CAS), the largest cargo handler in North America, is planning to help 3,000 freight forwarders in the U.S. transition over to electronic air waybill (e-AWB) processing with the launch of ePic Easy Export.
Planned for release at the end of 2015, the newly designed web-based tool is helping to enable a paperless air cargo environment in support of IATA’s e-freight program. Currently, each international airfreight shipment can require more than 30 different paper documents. The transition to digital e-AWB helps eliminate the heavy dependency on paper documentation for the exchange of information.
“In the US, there’s no community tool that gives air cargo people an easy transition mechanism to e-AWB,” says Chuck Zhao, I.T. Director at CAS. “The ePic Easy Export system will help small-medium sized freight forwarders to transmit FWB and FHL messages and create an environment where creating an e-AWB is quick and easy. Working alongside airlines that share our commitment to e-AWB acceleration, we will use this simple new ePic tool to progress this campaign with the freight forwarding industry. We already have over 3,000 forwarders using the ePic online portal and ePic Easy Export will be made available to all of them,” he says.
Chuck Zhao adds: “e-freight is our vision, eCargo is our practice and e-AWB is an entrance point that heralds the opportunity for the entire air cargo community to push for a paradigm shift. ePic is all about removing paperwork as the controlling factor in documentation and the warehouse space. ePic focuses on real-time cargo status. We believe e-freight won’t come to fruition unless the operational processes in the warehouse space are paper free and therefore provide 100% visibility to all the stakeholders – shippers, freight forwarders, customs brokers, trucking companies and so on. With ePic, data is captured once and is available to all, whereas a paper-driven operation will never provide 100% visibility as data can be lost in paperwork.”