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change. Moreover, it leads to inconsistencies and inaccuracies in operations.
To combat this, ACS is quite essential.
Its ability to integrate with all ERPs and
CRMs is the best possible example to
mention. Major airports in the world,
therefore, have implemented cargo
community system to facilitate seamless data interchange.
Digitalisation of regulatory
processes and clearance
Digitisation is in place only when there
are necessary approvals received from
operators. ACS is a clear game changer
in the pharmaceutical supply chain as it
Senior Vice President and Head of
fast tracks shipment delivery and enCargo, MIAL
sures it reaches the customers on-time.
Single window system for regulatory
Technology plays a crucial role in
approvals has already been implementensuring seamless processes at
ed by several nations including India.
MIAL Air Cargo. It was the primary
Yet, integrating them with ACS will only
motivation behind the launch of
let the stakeholders reap the real benefits
GMAX in 2013. With the latest
as it brings all operations into one frame.
upgrade of the portal, we are
No data inaccuracies or
providing our stakeholders with
a single digital point of access to
This is perhaps one of the main benefits
ensure data accuracy and provide
of ACS. The advanced system ensures
real-time cargo status and updates
Benefits of ACS
data accuracy which is quite a task for
amongst other benefits.
Globally, major airports in the world are
forwarding agents and ground handlers.
either keen to implement ACS or have
Several ground handlers often complain
already implemented. In this time of
on revenue leakage due to inconsistent
need and urgency, airports globally are realising the benefits
data being interchanged. Due to these inaccuracies,
of ACS for efficient operations and faster deliveries.
handlers face revenue leakages. Whereas, with a system
Seamless information exchange
that can connect all of them in one frame, transparency
Air cargo stakeholders worldwide are very much familiar
of data interchanged is high. Therefore, there is no question of inaccuracies and most importantly, there is no
with software systems such as ERP or CRM and use it
frequently. These involve sharing data within a forwarder/
cargo handler’s business process. They do not integrate
Airports reap benefits
with each other, which is a major challenge for data interOne of the world’s busiest, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) started using ACS from November
last year. In collaboration with the Indian IT business leader,
Kale Logistics Solutions, ATL had installed North America’s
first new generation air cargo community system.
Kale team successfully completed the Proof of Concept
in August 2019 and the parallel-run was initiated in November 2019. The platform went live on 14 November 2019, making Atlanta the first airport in North America to launch such
a system. The platform has been eliminating duplicate data
entry work, excessive documentation, addressing the truck
congestion and wait-time issues and bringing in the requisite
transparency to reduce overall logistics costs along with
enabling better supply chain planning.
Elliott Paige, Director- Air Service Development at
Atlanta Airport said, “We are excited by the possibilities that
lie in store for us with Atlanta Airport’s Cargo Community
Electronic exchange of customs declarations and customs responses,
and cargo releases between private
parties and customs.
Electronic handling of all information regarding import and export of
cargo for the airport community.
Status information and control,
tracking and tracing goods through
the whole logistics chain, and,
Processing declarations of dangerous
goods with the responsible authorities.
One of the most useful functions of
ACS is to automatically derive, from information exchanges between the private
airport operators, the information needed
by Customs, such as the customs manifest.
This information can be sent to Customs
without further manual intervention.
Most ACSs have their own internal
standards, but communicate with other
such systems or trade communities using
international air-specific standards, in
particular IATA standards for EDI (CargoIMP) and for XML (the e-freight initiative
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