The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) is set to roll out the airport cargo community system (ACS) to digitalise and streamline cargo operations as part of its goal to become a smart airport, reports Economic Times.
ACS is a single window electronic platform for all cargo stakeholders, including customs, customs brokers, shippers, airlines, trucking companies, ground and cargo handlers and freight forwarders, facilitating the seamless movement of goods and data across the logistics ecosystem.
With multiple stakeholders involved in cargo operations, each shipment, on an average, requires over 30 types of documents in multiple copies, resulting in significant duplication of documentation. The process also leads to increased dwell time and supply chain disruption.
The rollout of ACS will eliminate paperwork at Bangalore airport, enabling faster processing of transactions, reduce duplication of information as well as streamline processes, making information available ahead of cargo reaching the airport.
The BIAL has inked a pact with Kale Logistics Solutions for development of the ACS platform.
“At BIAL, our vision is to make Bangalore airport a cargo hub, equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure and cutting-edge technology to deliver efficient operations. As part of our digital transformation efforts, together with our cargo community, we are excited to implement a data-sharing platform,” said Satyaki Raghunath, chief strategy and development officer, BIAL, in a press release.
“This reinforces BIAL’s commitment to support the airport cargo community and bolster the growth of Bangalore airport as a cargo hub. The demonstrated efficiencies of the Kale Logistics’ ACS will ensure development of a technologically-enabled cargo community at Bangalore airport,” Raghunath added.
Amar More, CEO, Kale Logistics Solutions, said “In the digital age, airports must be nimble to manage issues related to security, rising costs, unprecedented lockdowns and curfews. Kale’s ACS for BIAL is a next-gen community platform, which will enable collaboration between stakeholders in the supply chain to launch new services and deliver superior customer experiences.”
“Our ACS is developed on the principle of enabling a cohesive ecosystem of partnership and driving efficiency in air cargo operations with the highest level of data accuracy, security and compliance,” More added.