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Page 18 • AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC • FEB - MARCH 2017 SAC position paper on shippers’ future backed by GSF and ESC Lars Droog CHANGE is needed, and all sec- tors of the air cargo supply chain industry must work together to drive adoption of new technology and greater transparency, accord- ing to a new position paper from the International Air Cargo Associ- ation’s Shippers’ Advisory Commit- tee (SAC). The group, formed last year and chaired by Lars Droog, head of Supply Chain and General Affairs for Tosoh Corporation, aims to bring the voice of the shipper to existing discussions, as well as spark debate on how to innovate via adopting new processes, new technology or in other ways. The SAC has several short-term goals, including investigating a logistics data backbone solution, according to the authors of the paper, including some from seven shippers across a broad range of sectors. The paper is supported by the Global Shippers Forum (GSF) and the European Shippers’ Council (ESC). “At the moment, the air cargo supply chain requires 21 docu- ments to be sent 40 times, in 20 steps,” according to the SAC paper. “It is complicated, it is expensive, it is outdated, it is slow. “A decentralised open platform with a shared collaborative envi- ronment would enable seamless integration and real time visibility over freight. We would be eliminat- ing data re-entry and errors, instead having first-time-right data, updated by real time events and maintained to reflect one version of the truth.” The SAC is also championing innovative technology such as smart labels and intelligent boxes and calling for ways to increase transparency, looking at new ways to communicate data and providing options that reduce the need for physical consolidations and allow for virtual ones. “This is a high level document which will start an important dia- logue for the industry,” said Droog. “Each shipper faces different challenges and has different needs and in the coming months, we will explore these as part of the con- versation. “It is only by working together that we will get results and improve the industry.” The SAC will be meeting regu- larly to discuss options to better collaborate, and over the course of the next few months, each member will be drafting an essay outlining their concerns and challenges based on the sector they are in- volved with. The position paper is available to download at tiaca.org “TIACA fully endorses this posi- tion paper and we are thrilled that we now finally have the shippers’ voice and engagement to make much-needed changes in the air cargo supply chain,” said Sebas- tiaan Scholte, chief executive Jan De Rijk Logistics and vice chairman, TIACA. The SAC will be discussing the paper and next steps at the Exec- utive Summit, which takes place in Miami from October 18th to 20th, 2017. China Airlines extends WFS North America agreement CHINA Airlines has extended its 19-year working relationship with Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) in North America with a new cargo- handling contract at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The new contract takes the number of locations in the US where WFS provides services for the airline to five. WFS won its first contract with China Airlines in North America in 1998 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, where it continues to handle some 47 million kilos of cargo a year for the airline. In addition to providing cargo handling services in Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston now, WFS also manages passenger and ramp operations for China Airlines in Honolulu. Under the terms of this latest agreement, WFS will handle up to seven direct flights a week connecting Chicago with Taipei, and an estimated 56 million kilos per year. Overall, WFS will now handle more than 130 million kilos of cargo a year for China Airlines in North America.