Freight news in brief December 10, 2021
DoKaSch Temperature Solutions strengthens its presence in Japan: DoKaSch Temperature Solutions continues to develop its activities in Asia. With the dedicated DoKaSch Temperature Solutions KK subsidiary in Tokyo and a new filling station at Narita International Airport, Japanese customers now have optimal access to the “Opticooler”, a reliable and high-quality packaging solution at temperature controlled from DoKaSch Temperature Solutions. Japan is considered to be an important center for the production and export of pharmaceuticals in the Asia-Pacific region as well as worldwide. Especially in terms of biopharmaceuticals and vaccines, the demand for pharmaceutical cold chain capacity is increasing. Narita International Airport has one of the largest temperature-controlled storage facilities for airports in Japan, the Cargo Climate Control Terminal (CCC). The airport handles half of all the pharmaceutical trade in Japan, making it one of the most important hubs for import and export. With its office in Tokyo and the new depot at Narita International Airport, DoKaSch Temperature Solutions strengthens its network in the region and around the world. Thus, the temperature-controlled packaging solutions provider contributes to a reliable cold chain for highly sensitive pharmaceuticals, especially during the pandemic. The capacities of RKN and RAP Opticooler at Narita Station can be increased at any time and immediately so that the required number of containers are available for each flight. In July, for example, DoKaSch Temperature Solutions KK supplied Opticoolers for a large scale and very important vaccine transport operation.
Cool Chain Association welcomes Challenge Group: Challenge Group is the latest temperature-sensitive supply chain specialist to join the Cool Chain Association (CCA) as part of its growing membership. The six companies in the global Air Cargo Challenge group include freight airlines, material handlers and logistics services, and its subsidiary CAL Cargo Airlines is one of the major carriers of perishable goods on the Israel-Europe trade route. It has a portfolio of temperature-controlled products covering perishable foodstuffs and pharmaceutical products and holds CEIV (Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics) certification from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for its two airlines, CAL Cargo Airlines and Challenge Airlines, as well as for Challenge Handling in LiÃ¨ge, Belgium. Challenge Group will join CCA’s new technical committee, with the aim of supporting tangible projects and initiatives aimed at improving the refrigeration supply chain. CAL Cargo Airlines, part of the Challenge Group, was founded in 1976 to meet growing demands for the export of perishable cargo from Tel Aviv, Israel, and has remained committed to providing quality service for products to controlled temperature, as well as to develop its portfolio.
Cathay Pacific Cargo launches a new freight reservation platform: Cathay Pacific Cargo is launching Click & Ship, its new digital reservation platform, gradually across its entire network. Click & Ship promises transparency and speed of reservations, day and night. Customers in the Middle East, especially the UAE and Bahrain, can view prices and capacity, and book freight with instant confirmation in just three steps through the intuitive booking interface. Digitization and automation are at the heart of Cathay Pacific Cargo’s vision to become the most customer-centric air cargo services brand in the world. Click & Ship is the latest digital innovation on this journey. While Click & Ship will only be available to registered customers initially, the underlying digital foundations will allow other users to access Cathay Pacific Cargo fares through third-party platforms and pave the way for a transition towards dynamic pricing in the future.
Singapore Airlines and WiseTech Global enter into a partnership: Singapore Airlines (SIA) and WiseTech Global, provider of the leading CargoWise logistics fulfillment platform, have partnered to provide a direct exchange of electronic reservations between their systems, adding significant value to many freight forwarders around the world. The integration is the first of its kind for SIA and, through the use of custom APIs, allows CargoWise customers, including some of the world’s largest freight forwarders, to directly access SIA to book and modify shipments in real time from the CargoWise platform. Chin Yau Seng, Senior Vice President of Cargo, said, âAt Singapore Airlines, we are committed to continuing to digitize all areas of our business. Our partnership with WiseTech Global will result in the integration of our electronic reservation systems, allowing customers to book air cargo directly with SIA through the CargoWise online platform. This is one of the many steps we take to provide a smoother experience for our cargo customers. Scott McCorquodale, Automation Manager, Air Cargo at WiseTech Global, said, âThe ever-constrained air cargo capacity and fluctuating rates mean that the fundamental process of moving cargo from A to B by air is more complex than ever. Freight forwarders continue to be pressured to provide transparency to their customers every step of the way. The host-to-host integration of electronic reservations between CargoWise and Singapore Airlines is vital to creating a smooth, seamless and real-time experience for our freight forwarder customers.
Kale Logistics will provide electronic delivery for Thailand: Kale Logistics Solutions (Kale) has partnered with TIFFA EDI Services to provide the CODEX Electronic Delivery Order (e-DO) service to the Mediterranean Shipping Company (Thailand) to digitally enable all stakeholders. Developed in partnership with TIFFA, CODEX e-DO services allow freight forwarders, shipping companies, customs brokers, importers and terminal operators to exchange and receive delivery notes in digital form rather than in paper form. The CODEX e-DO platform enables multiple stakeholders to conduct their business activities through a digital interface, allowing stakeholders to submit an e-DO request to the shipping company. All e-DO details are taken from the manifest file, which is provided in EDI format by the shipping company in advance to minimize data entry, with most steps being automated from request to issuance of the delivery slip. The new contract with TIFFA and MSC (Thailand), the world’s second largest container shipping company, was signed on November 15 and will strengthen Kale’s presence in Thailand. The CODEX e-DO will digitize and streamline all commercial goods exchange processes for MSC (Thailand), increasing the efficiency of document management and enabling work from anywhere, thanks to cloud-based technology and a mobile version of the application. When the terminal releases the cargo in its app, the e-DO automatically updates itself through the web API, with electronic cargo release certificates and status updates available 24 hours a day.
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