As Thailand's second largest air forwarder, Trans Air Cargo Co Ltd (TAC) has a strong case to realise the benefits of electronic air cargo operations.
TAC began their transition to 'e' in the spring and is already sending 400 to 500 AWBs per month electronically.
"Continuous engagement with airlines on a local level is an important factor, as airline headquarters may be ready but that doesn't mean their local offices are," said Keree Chaichanavong, Managing Director, TAC.
"Selecting the right technology partner is vital, it's one thing to begin sending electronic data, and it's a further step to go paperless as per the IATA resolution 672.
"First, we needed to get connected and begin transmitting data to all our airlines.
"Then we engage with each locally to coordinate the switch to full e-AWB.
"We selected WIN as our technology provider due to their airline coverage, experience in helping independent forwarders make the switch to e-AWB, ease of use, and proactive support.
"By using WIN to transmit electronic master and house AWB data to airlines, we save money and get full tracking."
"WIN has full coverage with 90 airlines so we have a single process and in Thailand WIN has implemented a connection with Bangkok Flight Services, the leading ground handler, to automatically update actual weights in the system from the warehouse receipt."
An Air France KLM Cargo (AFKLMC) spokesperson said AFKLMC had been increasing its e-AWB usage by focusing on Asia and was pleased to see that this has been met with a certain success in Thailand as well as in other countries.
"Working with TAC's airport team has been a pleasure and it is refreshing to see such a well-organized independent forwarder engage the airlines locally to accelerate their roll-out," said John DeBenedette, Managing Director, WIN.