Air and maritime associations strongly endorse GS1


Today's - increasingly complex supply chains, evolving technologies and rigid consumer demands require simpler and more streamlined T&L processes.

This is why the Federation of Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have turned to GS1 to help solve industry challenges through new pilot programmes and recommended best practices. With the use of GS1 standards, Freight Forwarders and Air and Maritime stakeholders hope to gain real-time visibility across the entire supply chain and conduct safer, more efficient business with trading partners.

FIATA includes GS1 standards in new electronic Bill of Lading (eFBL) pilot

FIATA has introduced an electronic Bill of Lading (eFBL)-using GS1 standards as part of the foundation of its framework-to offer secure, reliable and faster paperless trade to its members.

Five FIATA Association Members from diverse regions are participating in a pilot project to test the new CargoDocs-customised FIATA system. This new system is meant to help prevent errors that might be associated with paper documents, as well as prevent fraudulent paper FBL (FIATA Bill of Lading). The pilots will ensure a seamless transition to a paperless environment.

During the FIATA World Congress in October 2017, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with GS1 as part of the step-by-step approach for identifying and migrating FIATA documents into a digital platform using the GS1 system of standards. This project will enable the global FIATA community to offer secure, high-quality intermodal solutions for the benefit of all supply chain stakeholders.

Read the full FIATA press release from March regarding the eFBL pilots here.

Read the full FIATA press release from October announcing the FIATA & GS1 MoU here.

New IATA Recommended Practice (RP) for piece-level tracking uses GS1 standards to provide full visibility to shippers

Imagine you are shipper.

You regularly need to send goods to customers around the globe using air cargo solutions combined with pre-carriage (e.g. road) and Last Mile delivery (e.g. Parcel Carrier).

In the past you would need to know a minimum of three different Identification numbers to be able to keep track of your goods as they move through each step of transport.

But now, with the new IATA Recommended Practice for Piece level tracking in Air Cargo, the process can be simplified:

The shipper can now assign their very own Parcel-ID to the logistic units they create to move goods from their location to ultimate delivery point

The carriers (and handlers anywhere on the journey for these logistic units) will use these Shipper-Assigned Piece-IDs to provide track & trace information back up the supply chain (ultimately to the shipper)

Final delivery can also be linked to the original logistic unit ID as assigned by the shipper As a result, the shipper will now have full visibility into the location of their goods, based only on their own ID-numbers when using air cargo solutions.

This Recommended Practice (RP) being introduced by IATA, fully supports GS1 standards. In association with IATA, GS1 is also involved in the Piece Level Tracking Task Force (PLTTF) to develop implementation guidelines around relevant GS1 standards.

Read more about Recommended Practice (RP) on Piece Level Tracking in Air cargo here.