Who is it that’s frightened of e-freight?
Ask anyone in logistics, and they will tell you they are in support of the move towards e-Freight. They will tell you that the birth of integrated e-Freight programme, ‘European e-Freight Integrated capabilities for co-modal transport Project’ (EFIP), was a milestone we need to ensure we build on.
…that the IATA drive to increase e-Freight in the air sector to 62 per cent by December 2017 is impressive and attainable, and that similar standards need to be implemented for all other modes.
Then ask what moves their organisation is making towards its own e-Freight targets, (actually, ask first whether they exist!), and unless they themselves are directly responsible, they may well not even know.
So, what’s the missing link towards implementation? It’s been two years since the European Commission launched its ‘Digital Transport and logistics Forum’ (DTLF) with the express intent to address:
- Definition and acceptance of e-transport documents
- Optimisation of cargo flows through better use and exchange of data
- Languages / standards for seamless data exchange
- Social aspects of digitalisation and education and training requirements
Transition stages are rarely smooth we understand, but in today’s digital world, two years may as well be ten. Do we need more collaboration, more training, better IT, or better planning maybe, to make this happen? It is, after all, to the benefit of all.
At ASM, we suspect it to be “all of the above”. Changes involving tech and data can be met with trepidation at the best of times. Despite our best intentions to adapt and evolve, we know the old way works, don’t we?
To help your organisation with a smooth transition to e-Freight, we have built e-AWB capabilities into our newest Sequoia software release as standard – it’s an industry critical function and shouldn’t be an optional afterthought in your software.
Here’s our handy guide with more tips for making e-Freight adoption as painless as possible, from the warehouse to the compliance team:
- Organise your documents. e-Freight effectively creates the need for an electronic filing cabinet. Ensure you have the space and security to share e-documents amongst internal departments, and the reliability to share with external partners. See how Sequoia meets all your documentation needs.
- Streamline your data entry. An efficient freight system should minimise time spent on data entry (once being the dream!), so ensure you have procedures in place to get it right first time - store as little or as much information as you like and recall it any time you wish.
- Keep Customs Tariffs in a format your team understands. The ASM Customs Tariff Viewer is the only Customs declaration software to include the complete customs tariff – all three volumes – and deliver it to your desktop. The viewer is always up to date, completely searchable, and eliminates the need for monthly paper updates.
- Integrate. Customs declarations should never forfeit accuracy for speed. When you go digital, you’ll need a simple, consistent system that doesn’t take your team out on days of training. Our new software uses the same two-tabbed layout for all import, export, and transit declarations, and any associated inventory record is re-used automatically to avoid double keying.
- Consolidate. And don’t spent all your time doing it. Sequoia automatically ensures your DUCRs are linked to the right MUCRs. You won’t even know it’s happening.
*How is your organisation working towards the faster adoption of e-freight? Get in touch and let us know your experiences – firstname.lastname@example.org