Hamburg Airport is one of the first airports in Germany to introduce the FAIR@Link Air Cargo Community System from software developer DAKOSY at its air cargo center. FAIR@Link is a neutral, IT-supported air cargo community system that enables all companies involved in freight handling processes - in particular handling agents, forwarders, truckers and airlines - to optimize and accelerate their transport and freight processes for both import and export. Customs, security, dangerous goods and supply chain management processes are also supported - in many cases even automated. The pilot project is initially planned to start at Hamburg Airport Cargo Center on May 6, 2019.
"I’m pleased that we can implement the pilot project at Hamburg Airport Cargo Center together with our experienced partner DAKOSY," says Alexander Müller, Head of Cargo at Hamburg Airport. "I’m certain that the standardized early data exchange between the process participants made possible by FAIR@Link will create great added value for everyone. The pilot project will provide us with conclusive results for the processes at our air freight center."
UIrich Wrage, CEO of DAKOSY, is also convinced that FAIR@Link will make air freight processing at Hamburg Airport even more efficient: "Through intelligent process support and networking, FAIR@Link provides the ideal basis for further optimizing the physical processes between companies involved in air freight processing and for achieving significantly faster and more transparent processing.”
Optimization of processes at Hamburg Airport Cargo Center
The goal of introducing FAIR@Link is to standardize and optimize processes at Hamburg Airport Cargo Center. This will shorten handling and wait times in the air cargo center, increase transparency along the transport chain and also minimize errors and costs by avoiding duplicate entry of data. A particular advantage is that the system prepares the Customs release and can automatically transmit it electronically upon entry into the Hamburg Airport Customs area.
Another important aspect is the Door Management System: as part of the pilot project, time slots are booked for the delivery of goods to the air freight center. The delivery company as well as the handling partner of the airline can thereby plan coordinated schedules for the delivery of goods. As a result, drivers can reduce wait times on site and dispatchers can more easily plan for necessary capacities. It’s also a step towards protecting the environment: digital processes use less paper.
Pilot project as a cooperation between forwarding agents, dispatchers and Customs authorities
FAIR@Link will initially be used at Hamburg Airport in a four-month pilot project. In this phase, the project partners will concentrate on export processes. In addition to the initiator Hamburg Airport and the software provider DAKOSY, the project participants include the forwarding agents CROSS FREIGHT, Delta Stallion, a.hartrodt and Sable, the airline handling partners LUG and Swissport, the Hamburg Airport Customs Office and the Hamburg Freight Forwarders Association.
About Hamburg Airport: Hamburg Airport has more than 17 million passengers annually, making it the fifth largest airport in Germany. Passengers can choose from an extensive route network: 140 national and international destinations are offered by approximately 70 airlines. With the regions of Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and parts of Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Denmark, Hamburg Airport has a large catchment area, and its passenger potential makes it interesting for all airlines. Hamburg Airport is currently being outfitted with a modern infrastructure to meet all the challenges of the future in air traffic. Approximately 15,000 employees work for nearly 250 companies on the airport premises (almost 2,000 at the airport alone). The shareholders of the partially-privatized airport are the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg with 51 percent and AviAlliance GmbH with 49 percent.
About DAKOSY Datenkommunikationssystem AG: As one of the leading software companies for logistics, DAKOSY has been offering digital solutions for international forwarding and Customs clearance as well as supply chain management for more than 35 years. In addition, DAKOSY operates the Port Community System (PCS) for the Port of Hamburg and the Cargo Community System (FAIR@Link) for airports. All companies and authorities involved in the export and import processes can use these digital platforms to handle their transport processes quickly and in an automated manner.
Caption: The project group, consisting of Hamburg Airport, DAKOSY, CROSS FREIGHT, Delta Stallion, a.hartrodt, Sable, LUG, Swissport, the Hamburg Airport Customs Office and the Hamburg Freight Forwarders Association, today officially starts the project FAIR@Link at the Hamburg Airport Cargo Center.