The Thailand airfreight industry is set to speed up its adoption of electronic air waybills (e-AWB), according to organisers of an e-freight workshop held in Bangkok.
Bangkok Flight Services (BFS) and Worldwide Information Network (WIN) say the event was attended by airlines, and independent and multinational forwarder members of local associations. These included the Thai Airfreight Forwarders Association (TAFA) and the Thai International Freight Forwarders Association (TIFFA). The workshop focused on steps each participant can take this year improve Thailand’s e-AWB adoption rate.
BFS general manager, David Ambridge, says the workshop attracted more than 50 attendees and has prompted demand for a second session to accommodate the level of interest. He adds: “Collaboration like this is the future not only for e-AWB but for many other issues we face in the air cargo industry. Already since this session we have seen a major Thai forwarder sign up and actually begin e-AWB shipments and I have also had renewed interest from two major European airlines.”
International Air Transport Association project manager cargo e-business adoption, Isabella Anderson, explains in the last few months the momentum of e-AWB has accelerated globally: “Close collaboration amongst stakeholders at airport level is key in building up support and drive adoption.”
BFS and WIN are planning further session to reach out to more Thai companies.