An end in sight to the paper chain?
Steve Smith, head of e-business airfreight for DHL Global Forwarding and chairman of GACAG’s e-commerce task force, believes that despite the challenges, integrating risk management into the e-freight process is essential and will incentivize the slow adopters.
IATA’s Guillaume Drucy agrees, fearing that if the industry doesn’t take this route, security declarations will simply create yet more paper instead of eliminating it.
However, the signs are that historically skeptical state authorities are warming to new technology. Schiphol’s van Pelt says a “very promising” meeting took place between Dutch and Chinese Customs in Shanghai last October. “The good thing is that once they’re ready to say yes, they’re 100 percent ready. Implementation will be total. I believe it can happen within three years,” she predicts.