The IT services provider CHAMP Cargosystems transmits IATA C/XML messages for Kuehne + Nagel to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and PSN response messages back to Kuehne + Nagel. The logistics company has thus been able to further enhance the quality of its air cargo services.

Luxembourg, May 2013 – The global logistics service provider Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) is pro-actively filing all air cargo shipments bound for the USA according to ACAS dual filing requirements as part of its quality airfreight services. On receipt of a shipment order the airfreight department transmits the House Air Waybill data to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to launch enhanced screening prior loading. When K+N receives the ACAS response (PSN) the company proceeds with consolidation and delivery to the air carrier. If there are problems with the shipment the logistics services provider is able to solve these pro-actively before tendering the shipment to the carrier.

K+N has opted for a CHAMP application to facilitate the message exchange with the US CBP. The solution transmits IATA C/XML messages (XFZB) directly from K+N’s enterprise system to US CBP without manual intervention thereby optimizing data quality. It also transmits the CBP response messages back to K+N.

„Kuehne + Nagel participates in the ACAS dual filing project to detect high risk shipments and customs clearance problems as early as possible in the supply chain process. We feel it is our duty to solve any problems that might arise from a product, supplier or recipient pro-actively for our customers as quickly as possible after receiving their orders“, explains Michael Weber, Vice President Interfaces and Processes, Air Logistics, Kuehne + Nagel Management AG.

“We are proud that we have been able to expand our cooperation with K+N, one of the leading global logistics players”, says Rene E. Kircil, Senior Area Manager Sales at CHAMP Cargosystems. „CHAMP Cargosystems is well known for its premium messaging services for airlines and for its e-customs solutions. However, it is also offering similar applications (meeting IATA Cargo-IMP and XML standards) that are tailored to the needs of freight forwarders. K+N has opted for IATA Cargo-XML as it better facilitates the implementation and adoption of e-cargo initiatives such as the electronic Air Waybill (e-AWB) or e-freight. It also aids compliance to customs and security requirements by giving more flexibility in providing complete data elements.” “Our Air AMS and ACAS messaging services enable logistics services providers to give a better service to their customers, to improve supply chain visibility and control over their data, to speed up transport processes and avoid shipments being held up on arrival in the USA”, adds James Fernandez, VP Global Commercial Operations at CHAMP Cargosystems.

Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS) CBP and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have implemented programs to jointly screen air cargo shipments inbound to the United States in order to further reduce the risk of terrorist attacks and raise air cargo supply chain security. The Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) project allows CBP and TSA to receive advance security filing cargo data for shipments that might be high risk and require additional physical screening under the appropriate regulatory framework and protocols well ahead of flight departure. ACAS enables express carriers, passenger air carriers, freight forwarders, and all-cargo carriers to send and receive advance security filing data and related action messages for all air cargo through CBP’s Automated Targeting System (ATS), based on three ACAS filing options:

· Two-Part Carrier Filing – Air carrier transmits advance shipment data for security filing while subsequently transmitting post-departure Automated Manifest System (AMS) data in accordance with Trade Act requirements.

· Forwarder and Carrier Dual Filing – Freight forwarder may transmit House Air Waybill data directly to CBP to meet pre-loading targeting and manifest requirements; forwarder and carrier receive ACAS responses prior to consolidation and delivery to air carriers. Air carriers accept forwarder cargo for transport after confirming successful ACAS transmission, and perform required screening.

· Single Filing of ACAS and AMS data – Air carriers transmit the AMS manifest to CBP prior to loading of cargo, and perform all required screening. The pre-loading AMS manifest transmission would be used by CBP to satisfy both ACAS and AMS requirements.

Company Portrait:
CHAMP Cargosystems provides the most comprehensive range of integrated, IT solutions and distribution services for the air cargo transport chain. The portfolio spans core management systems, messaging services, and eCargo solutions. These include applications to meet customs and security requirements, quality optimization, as well as e-freight and mobility needs. The products and services are renowned under the Cargospot and Traxon brands.

The company serves over 100 airlines and GSAs, and links these with some 3,000 forwarders and GHAs worldwide. CHAMP’s solutions help its customers, and their clients, adapt to critical and continuous changes in air transport logistics to meet global trade demands. CHAMP Cargosystems is headquartered in Luxembourg and operates offices in London, Zurich, Frankfurt / Main and Manila.

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