From January 2021 the ground handling agents at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport will work with digital pre-notifications for export cargo. To this end Worldwide Flight Services, dnata, Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, Menzies Aviation Netherlands B.V. and Swissport Cargo Services all signed a document on Monday 14 September. The aim of the digitalisation is to make the delivery process, administrative processing and loading/ unloading of export goods at the airport more efficient, sustainable, safer and more reliable. Thanks to digital or electronic pre-notification this can be done without any personal contact which is nowadays an absolute necessity.

Jeroen Giling, Director Cargo at Swissport Cargo Services and Chairman of the ACN Sector Council Ground Handlers, gets straight to the point; the time for non-committal is past. “For us digital pre-notification is THE method to say farewell to the elements that slow down the sector. From January 2021 all handling agents at Schiphol will be working on this.” Collectively they are giving a clear signal that they are moving to an uniform system of electronic pre-notifications. And a promise for their partners: “Hauliers and forwarders who work with our system will receive priority in the handling process from 2021. You will be able to continue delivering export cargo in the traditional way but it will cost you more”, Giling underlines. The handling agents hope that this will fuel as many as possible of the estimated 150 active forwarders at the airport to work with the system.

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