Schiphol switches to digital declarations
David van der Meer. Source: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is no longer accepting paper declarations as part of efforts to speed up the cargo handling process.
On April 1, the airport moved to automated nomination that digitizes declaration documents, allowing shipments to be processed before they arrive.
Prior to automated appointment, ground handlers at Schiphol Airport had to wait for cargo to arrive and review the relevant documents before a freight forwarder could be appointed to handle the shipment.
“Ground handlers at Schiphol are now notified of incoming shipments much earlier, reducing the time needed to process goods, while the elimination of manual processing has minimized the risk of human error and mismanagement of shipments. “, said the airport.
David van der Meer, Director of Cargo Partnerships for the Smart Cargo Mainport Program (SCMP) at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, said: “We have been piloting automated nomination with increasing success since October 2021 and we are proud to have now officially rolled it out as a requirement. process at Schiphol Airport.
“Our goal is for every shipment to be named automatically, which provides benefits for every stakeholder in the freight supply chain.
“Automated nomination creates a better connection between the air waybill (AWB) and the consignee freight forwarder.”
Developed by the SCMP team, Automated Nomination is an algorithm that predicts which freight forwarder will collect a shipment using only AWB, airline, and shipper data, with an accuracy rate of 99%.
In order to comply with automated naming, a digital station declaration is required.
“Handlers, freight forwarders and Schiphol Airport, together with Air Cargo Netherlands, have introduced a digital station declaration, marking the end of the decades-old paper freight station declaration,” the airport said. .
“The number of digital station declarations at Schiphol has already seen a record increase, from 1,200 declarations in October last year to 3,000 declarations on April 1 this year.”
In the meantime, the number of freight forwarders participating in Automated Nomination has increased from 60 to 140, and the number continues to grow.
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