SYDNEY, 23 October 2008: Qantas Freight announced today that it had sent Australia’s first paperless air cargo shipment and was leading the local industry to have e-Freight in place nationally by 2010.

Qantas Freight Executive General Manager Grant Fenn said the first live paperless shipment had taken place less than three months after Australia was endorsed by the International Air Transport Association board to join its e-Freight program. “This is an important milestone for the Australian air freight industry as it marks the beginning of the end for the current complex paper based processes.

“The ability to send paperless air cargo shipments will have significant financial and logistical benefits for the whole industry and will ultimately mean a faster and more secure service for customers. “As an industry we are looking forward to the not too distant future where paperless cargo shipments are as common place as e-tickets for airline passengers.

In line with IATA rules guiding its e-Freight program, Qantas Freight has facilitated a number of trial shipments and has successfully sent a live shipment from Australia to Singapore, Mr Fenn said. “Qantas Freight has enjoyed the close support of industry participants in reaching this milestone. “We will continue to lead the local industry to deliver IATA’s goal of having e-Freight in place at all locations by 2010,” Mr Fenn said.

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