Hong Kong, 4 Dec 2013 - Global Logistics System (HK) Co, Ltd (GLSHK) yesterday hosted the first seminar devoted to the implementation of electronic Air Waybills (e-AWB) ever to be held in Hong Kong. The event, which targeted freight forwarders and international airlines operating from the city, was held at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council’s SME Centre located in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.
The main focus of the seminar was on how to achieve the hassle-free adoption of e-AWB in Hong Kong, as well as examining important industry issues such as upcoming e-security requirements and the development of a community e-platform for Hong Kong’s airfreight industry. Around 100 representatives from freight forwarders and 30 airline delegates attended the event.
Terry Lo, GLSHK Chief Executive Officer, remarked: “We were very pleased to see the seminar attract such a positive response from industry practitioners, reflecting the fact that the development of e-freight, and the adoption of e-AWB in particular, is a topic of major concern. GLSHK is keen to address the needs of the industry in this regard and a team of our e-AWB experts were on hand to discuss various solutions with participants.”
Hon Frankie Yick Chi-ming, LegCo member for Transport constituency, commented: “e-AWB and e-freight are the world’s trend, and I trust industry-wide collaborations will strengthen Hong Kong’s competitiveness as the world’s busiest air cargo hub. I appreciate the initiatives from the airfreight industry in organizing this seminar for the industry practitioners which is the first of its kind in the history of Hong Kong.”
Ir Dr Paul Tsui, Chairman of the Hong Kong Association of Freight Forwarding and Logistics (HAFFA), said “Freight forwarders in Hong Kong have been very supportive of the adoption of e-AWB and e-freight as it helps to enhance the efficiency and competitiveness of the industry. I’m pleased to say that a number of HAFFA members are already well advanced in this area.”
“The whole air cargo industry is aligned behind the target of 100% e-AWB adoption by 2015. Hong Kong is an excellent example of success in the e-AWB adoption, with the e-AWB penetration rate at 43%. But there is still some way to go before we reach 100%, and through this seminar, we aim to encourage more Hong Kong freight forwarders to sign up to using the e-AWB,” said Yvonne Ho of IATA Hong Kong.
About Global Logistics System (HK) Company Limited
Global Logistics System (HK) Co., Ltd is one of the world’s leading e-freight solution providers with a proven track record in implementing electronic information interchange for the airfreight industry. GLSHK is a Strategic Partner in IATA’s e-freight project and is the “First in Asia” fully compliant CDMP service provider (certified by Cargo2000). Appointed by Cathay Pacific Airways, GLSHK provided solutions to enable the carrier to implement 100% e-AWB for all Hong Kong export shipments on 1 January 2011. For more information about GLSHK, please visit www.glshk.com.