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BRUcargo accelerates its digital transformation

Brussels Airport, Air Cargo Belgium, and the entire BRUcargo community has taken a giant leap in the further digitization of cargo processes. Leveraging the pioneering work with BRUCloud in past years, on the 1st of June the Digital Green Lane for digitizing the landside pick-up and delivery process will be fully implemented by 12 ground handling agents and freight forwarders, that combined represent 75% of the freight volumes at Brussels Airport.

The well-known BRUcloud data sharing platform, hosted by partner Nallian, that currently counts 12 different applications all digitising a specific aspect of the air cargo process, will be taken to the next level. Via a Memorandum of Understanding, 8 Freight Forwarders and 4 Ground Handling Agents agreed on the rollout of the Digital Green Lane starting the 1st of June. These companies are APA, BDP International, DHL Global Forwarding, DSV, Expeditors, Geodis, Kuehne + Nagel, Nippon Express, Aviapartner, dnata, Swissport and WFS.

The Digital Green Lane is a uniform standardized pick-up and delivery process between freight forwarders and ground handling agents, supported by the BRUcloud Landside Management applications. This means that all freight is being picked up or dropped off at a registered time slot, all freight information is shared digitally throughout the process and all actions during the pick-up and drop off process are registered by the driver on a mobile device.

By establishing a single process, fully digitized, we aim to increase efficiency and visibility of the cargo flows which will greatly benefit importers/exporters choosing Brussels Airport as their air cargo gateway. These 12 companies that are forming the coalition of the willing, are vastly convinced that working together with the community is the only way to gain speed in the digital transition. With the support of the forwarder/airline and airline handling agent cluster, we will engage more and more companies in the next coming months. This “Big Bang” is a very crucial first step in the roadmap to digitise the airfreight industry. Air Cargo Belgium is planning more innovations that increase quality and efficiency in the near future, as this digital revolution forms part of the European Green Deal and the contribution of the air cargo industry to achieve its sustainability goals.”, says David Bellon, Chairman of Air Cargo Belgium.

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