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CCS UK completes successful ONE Record trial

UK airfreight community users including BIFA member Geodis and Cathay Pacific Cargo held the first trial of the breakthrough IATA technology initiative to create a seamless and transparent end-to-end digital air logistics supply chain.

IATA’s ONE Record programme is seen by many within airfreight as a breakthrough development in airfreight’s digitalisation process.

Replacing IATA’s legacy Cargo-Imp and XML messaging standards, the vision for ONE Record is “an end-to-end digital logistics and transport supply chain where data is easily and transparently exchanged in a digital ecosystem of air cargo stakeholders, communities and data platforms” explained CCS UK (the operator of the UK’s air cargo community system).

While much of the air cargo world continues to focus on recovering from COVID-19 and the UK prepares for EU Exit, the Heathrow project – led by community provider CCS UK and its User Group – took place between March and July 2020 and involved forwarder Geodis and Cathay Pacific Cargo, and their respective IT systems providers. Interfaces to the participants systems were provided by Nexshore.

During the pilot, air waybill data was successfully exchanged between parties and status updates provided. Additional participants are now required to test the system ion a larger scale, under everyday working conditions and higher traffic levels.

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