Senegal Customs partners with CHAMP for AEI

CHAMP Cargosystems and Senegal Customs announced have started the work to implement Advance Electronic Information (AEI) filing for air cargo shipments for Senegal.

AEI will give better visibility, reduce clearance time for shipments and increase security. The aim is to start the mandatory pilot phase as of 1 June and then go live by 1 September.

As part of the agreement, CHAMP has performed an analysis into Senegal’s Customs requirements, a gap analysis and together with Senegal Customs helped defining the specifications for WCO world format XML schema.

CHAMP Cargosystems vice president of global sales and marketing, Nicholas Xenocostas says: “We are very honored to be selected as preferred partner with Senegal Customs to help them to implement advance electronic information filing that will not only help them improve collaboration between customs and trade, but also take some fundamental steps in increasing security against terrorism and international crime.

“Traxon Global Customs (TGC) is a fully managed, cloud-based service used by 100+ airlines and ground handlers. For our existing clients who want to start compliance already in the pilot phase, the AEI filling to Senegal Customs that fully compliant with new mandatory requirements will be available, and they just need to add the country.”

Senegal Customs director of Customs IT System, Colonel Alioune Dione notes: “CHAMP provided us with extensive support and knowledge that helping us implement Advance Electronic Information in Senegal. The expertise and client coverage of their customs solution was crucial in our decision making process of selecting CHAMP.”

More and more countries in Africa and around the world are looking into adopting a form of AEI filing in order to increase efficiency, accuracy, speed and reduce costs and errors.

The digitization will not only enable more collaboration between different industry stakeholders and countries, but also lead to higher transparency which will significantly contribute to improved security within air cargo.