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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • DEC 2017- JANUARY 2018 • Page 11 CCS-UK to continue with Advance Info project for airports despite its failure to win over Heathrow RECENT truck congestion at London Heathrow’s Cargo Termi- nal underscores the need for an advance information system that will alert handling agents that ve- hicles are arriving and help speed up processing. This is the key message to be delivered in a series of road shows being organised around the UK in early 2018 by CCS-UK User Group, the body which manages and commissions enhancements to the CCS-UK community sys- tem. In addition to detailing the problem, CCS-UK will also update delegates on progress with its Advance Information project. This new function will enable freight agents - and transport compa- nies working on their behalf - to pre-alert handling agents of loads being delivered or collected and give the ability to submit electron- ic Security Declarations (eCSD). The advance information in- cluding vehicle, driver, cargo being delivered, handling agent and ETA - will be submitted either through a web portal (for small- er, occasional users), or (in the case of larger and more frequent users) messages sent direct from the forwarder’s own system. The information will then be accessible to all relevant parties in the supply chain. Deliveries to multiple shed operators will be automatically split by the system, and only data applicable to each handler will be seen by them. Agents using the system should benefit from pre-allocated truck doors and reduced queuing. Handling agents meanwhile will receive cargo information direct to their systems, so eliminating re-keying, speeding up vehicle processing and enabling more efficient use of resources. “The congestion problems to date have been at Heathrow, but this is a nationwide issue potential- ly affecting all UK airports,” said CCS-UK chairman Steve Parker. “Air cargo volumes will continue to grow, and process complexi- ties may also increase following Brexit. This makes it vital for both the UK air cargo industry and the UK economy that existing infra- structure and resources are used as efficiently as possible, to avoid delays and associated costs.” CCS-UK had proposed its solu- tion to Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) following the latter’s recent Request for Proposals for a Call Forward System. Although HAL subsequently decided not to pro- ceed with this, CCS-UK believes in the benefits of its own proposed approach and is therefore contin- uing with its Advance Information project. This will be available at all UK airports and will be free of charge. “The suggested physical bar- rier located at the entrance to the Heathrow cargo terminal, unless also accompanied by a by-pass lane and holding park for non-compliant vehicles, would only have worsened the situation,” said Parker. “Nor should the indus- try have to operate differently at individual airports, or pay extra (as was proposed) for the privilege of delivering cargo to a carrier at Heathrow. “What is needed is a single system that can be adopted by all industry players, that works at all locations, and that does not increase costs. CCS -UK is working on that solution, and we want to engage with the industry through our roadshows to ensure that the end product is what everyone wants.” Steve Parker, CCS-UK chairman. AA secures music gig THE TOULOUSE-based Orches- tre Nationale du Capitole opted for American Airlines Cargo to transport musical instruments to and from a three-city tour of Latin America. Some 694 pieces of cargo including violins, cellos, double basses, three harps and a conduc- tor’s podium were shipped from Paris to Buenos Aires, Argentina, on a wide-bodied flight, and then on to Quito, Ecuador and finally Sao Paulo. The sensitive instruments re- quired extreme care. At the start of their journey, they were trans- ported by temperature-controlled truck from Toulouse to Paris-CDG for the first leg of the journey.