SSTL Pilot Boosts Baiyun and Schiphol Airport Trade
Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam has recently received their first shipment as part of a new WCO customs to customs pilot program called Smart and Secure Trade Lanes (SSTL). The aim of the program is to streamline, reduce lead times and secure the customs process between the European Union and China with added security for the supply chain by sharing data between customs.
The Dutch Airport is the first one in Europe to take part in the scheme. WCO developed and maintains the encrypted data exchange platform that is used between countries.
Air China Cargo flew the first SSTL shipment to arrive at Schiphol airport back in December 2017. The booking was made by Yusen Logistics who are also one of the companies taking part in SSTL.
Regional Managing Director for Yusen Logistics Northern Europe, Piet Boogaard said, “This is an important pilot programme, which will help reduce lead times and further secure the supply chain, and we are pleased to be taking part,” he added further, “As well as benefiting from faster release of goods and more predictable delivery times, we are proud to be supporting the development of standards that will strengthen and secure supply chains.”
The first shipment from Schiphol to China’s Baiyun Airport under SSTL was delivered by Air Freighter in May 2017.
Director of Business Development Cargo for Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Saskia van Pelt said, “We are glad that Dutch Customs is participating in this pilot project as this strengthens our ties with Shanghai Pudong International airport, our largest cargo destination, as well as Bayun airport, home base of China Southern airlines”
“The delivery of cockpit instruments in Bayun was on its way to a nearby aircraft manufacturer within 21 minutes of landing on Chinese soil, and once there it immediately entered the production process. Increased speed in the supply chain will ultimately benefit all sectors in countries participating in the SSTL programme.”
Originally the program was devised for maritime freight flows, however, the program has now been adapted and extended to air transportation with more SSTL flight routes expected between Schiphol and Baiyun.
The Netherlands has been a member country of the SSTL since its early inception as it commits to bolstering their mutual trade partnership with China.