Schiphol Tests New Automatic Compliance Checker Tool
Schiphol has announced the results of testing their new online Compliance Checker, developed as part of their Smart Cargo Mainport Program, which speeds up cargo flows by detecting data errors in air waybills.
Current trials on the truck lanes from Frankfurt to Amsterdam and beyond, on air cargo shipments from Schiphol, have been successful. The system, developed by Cargonaut and tested by KLM Cargo, uses smart technology to check air waybill data and sends automatic alerts when information is not correct. This prevents delays caused by sending non-compliant cargo to Customs.
“The Compliance Checker reduces delays in the supply chain and makes it more predictable and efficient for everyone,” said Jonas van Stekelenburg, Head of Cargo, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. “It is a generic tool, which benefits the whole supply chain. KLM is the first company to work with the Compliance Checker. However, other parties have already shown an interest in the project and we are actively looking for more partners, including shippers and forwarders, to help us expand this project.”
“Data is key to helping us get a grip of what is about to happen – it ensures we maintain control of the circumstances, and are able to anticipate, hence becoming pro-active instead of reactive,” said Marcel de Nooijer, EVP, Air France KLM Cargo. “The newly developed Compliance Checker at Schiphol, which verifies all House and Master air waybills to compliance regulations throughout the complete shipment journey, from the moment the data enters our systems, is a perfect example of this. With this tool, we continue to innovate the supply chain and we are able to keep to our promise and deliver the best quality throughout the shipment journey.”
The first results have been promising as well, with the tool’s results showing that 80% of errors occur in only 20% of shipments.
“The system recognizes different descriptions of a similar product and flags this,” said Nanne Onland, Executive Director, Cargonaut. “The term iron, for example, would provoke an alert, as this term is not compliant with Customs rules, whereas the term iron pipes would not cause an alert because it is compliant. With this insight, together with our partners, we can better target improvement initiatives, allowing us to quickly improve quality of data, and hence the predictability and speed of the chain from, to, and via Schiphol.”