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Vancouver airport testing digital cargo management

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is testing a digital cargo management system.

The airport will be running a proof of concept program using the Airport Cargo Community System (ACCS) software and app to help manage increasing cargo throughput. The system is being introduced to help address truck congestion challenges, which affect many North American airports as cargo volumes swell.

YVR is investing in its cargo operations to ensure it can continue to meet growing demand while identifying new solutions that will increase efficiencies with trucking and transportation, especially during peak hours.

“As Canada’s second busiest airport, YVR is focused on enhancing our cargo operation and working with our airline and freight forwarding partners to meet our shared goals for the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of goods, all while advancing our climate commitments,” said Jason Tse, manager, commercial leasing – cargo, Vancouver International Airport.

“Technology and digitization are key aspects of how we will achieve success, and we look forward to working with Kale Info Solutions and applying its innovative Cargo Community System at YVR for the benefit of our partners, our community, and the economy that supports it.”

Advance notifications

The software, produced by Kale Info Solutions, the U.S. subsidiary of Kale Logistics Solutions, will enable advance shipment notifications to be sent from shippers, agents, and truckers to cargo handlers and airlines at the airport, improving the accuracy of estimated arrival times, as well as details of the cargo on board.

Trucking companies will be able to book slots in advance, which will help them coordinate landside freight movements and reduce waiting time. The mobile app allows slots to be booked dynamically and adjusted automatically, in line with peaks and troughs in truck arrivals at the airport, to help reduce congestion on roads and within the airport.

Amar More, president, Kale Info Solutions, said the app will also help meet sustainability objectives by paperwork, carbon emissions and pollution.

Earlier this year, Kale piloted the truck slot and dock management module of its Airport Cargo Community System with Worldwide Flight Services at John F Kennedy Airport in New York, bringing reductions in truck wait times of up to 66 percent for exports and 48 percent for imports.

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