The airline, LAN Cargo, will offer their customers the opportunity to transport products through an electronic mechanism, which will result in not needing any paper documents.
In addition to streamlining the process of exporting goods, it is estimated that the new e-freight system, driven by the International Air Transportation Association (IATA), will lead to a saving of 7,800 tonnes of paper worldwide.
The initiative will help to minimise “the bureaucracy that is present in every operation,” said Luis Lhorente, general manager of Newport Cargo, which worked together with Pesquera Los Fiordos to produce the first shipment of salmon using this system.
The businessman noted that it will “reduce the risk of lost documents, resulting in further optimisation of time” which leads to greater efficiency and lower costs.
“We are pioneers of this innovative way to operate cargo, being one of the leading promoters and developers of the project in conjunction with IATA,” said Cristian Ureta, the CEO of LAN Cargo.
“This will result in significant benefits for our customers who will have a more agile and faster service thanks to the simple and efficient processes, demonstrating once again that we are at the forefront of implementing new technologies to deliver the best possible service” he added, reports Aqua.
The launch of this new system is said to be crucial for all the authorities, customs, freight forwarders, shippers and airlines.
Cristian Hozven, director of logistics at Chile AG, explains that the system can not be used in all cases.
“There must be an understanding between the government authorities of each country, for example, equivalent to the National Fisheries Service (Sernapesca) or the Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG), in order to permit and authorise documents electronically and non-electronically. Many countries require consular certificates of origin, in the case of salmon shipments to the United States, it is timely as it requires certificates. However, massifying the system is still a long way away,” he said.
In conjunction with the first export of salmon through e-freight, Lhorente said the first shipment was a test, performed with Pesquera Los Fiordos, that went “perfectly fine, as they chose a shipment to a destination that did not require many documents and which the agency was already involved with, which in this case was the National Customs Service being willing to collaborate in the development of this project.”
The Chilean export sector annually mobilises 58 per cent of its cargo through LAN Cargo.
In 2009, the company sent some 76,560 tonnes of cargo abroad.
Currently, Chile is the 27th country to begin dispatching cargo without paper.
LAN Cargo and the Arturo Merino Benítez Airport in Santiago are the first airline and airport to implement the e-freight system in Latin America.
IATA e-freight is also operational in Australia, Canada, China, Taipei (China), Denmark, Dubai, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritius, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States.