Businesses with global supply chains know that an air freight service is the fastest way to transport goods from one destination to another. What businesses may not know is the speed of the transaction between your freight forwarder and an air freight cargo carrier heavily relies on how quick the shipment data is received by the CTO (Cargo Terminal Operator).
Each week, we receive numerous of calls from customers with air freight requirements seeking fast transactional services. These customers are seeking efficient air freight services that don’t incur delays or additional costs. As a leading international air freight forwarder, one way BCR ensures that delays or additional costs are kept to a minimum is to apply digital Pre-Loading Advance Cargo Information (PLACI) processes as part of a streamlined electronic process. While these processes take place behind the scenes, they can have a huge impact on your front-end service.
Read on to learn why you should consider shipping your air freight with a digital freight forwarder.
While air freight remains the fastest mode to transport goods globally, businesses can still experience delays if the transactional data is not received in a timely fashion from the freight forwarder. Many Australian air freight forwarders use automated messaging processes that communicate directly with airlines to streamline freight transactions. Expert freight forwarders send instantaneous Electronic Air Waybill’s (FWB) upon receipt of an approved and correct air freight quote to guarantee the fastest allocation of space on a cargo air freight service. This ensures there are no delays at the carrier stage of the transaction which may attract a terminal fee if the service is processed manually.
On a global scale, broader pre-loading consignment processes such as Pre-Loading Advance Cargo Information (PLACI) are used to define consignment data that is provided by freight forwarders in a pre-loaded timeframe (i.e. prior to loading of cargo on aircraft at the last point of departure). Developed by The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), PLACI is a process used for the receiving stage of an air freight service to identify potential high-risk cargo that may represent a threat to the aircraft. PLACI is currently applied throughout the US, EU and Canada with global regulation plans underway that will include pre-filing PRECISE (pre-loading consignment information for secure entry) processes as additional security measures.
Australian shippers who engage freight forwarders that carry out air freight services electronically are also likely to be able to quickly change details of their shipments ahead of schedule. As is the nature of business, shipments sometimes require last minute alterations which can be disastrous for customers using freight forwarders that manually process their documentation. Digitally operating freight forwarders, such as BCR, are able to electronically withdraw shipments and re-submit the transaction in a matter of minutes with electronic messaging systems that transmit information direct to the CTO.
It is also important to ensure your air freight documentation is accurate as any inaccuracies will result in goods simply not being shipped. Experienced freight forwarders are likely to guide you on the exact information required to have your goods shipped seamlessly, however, they provide these service levels on the basis that the information you provide about the goods in the first instance is accurate.
By engaging a freight forwarder that provides automated electronic air freight services, businesses are more likely to experience efficient, streamlined services for every air freight shipment. Even in the unlikely event that a shipment needs to be changed, innovative air freight forwarders are quickly able to withdraw and update a transaction to ensure your goods are shipped as fast as possible.
For more than a century, BCR has continued to help small, medium and large businesses achieve an optimum logistics solution with warehousing and transportation, including air freight and sea freight services to and from the major ports including Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle (Perth).