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Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, is all set to introduce the Air Cargo Community System (ACS) to further streamline air logistics. To this end the airport’s operator, Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) has signed an e-agreement with Kale Logistics Solutions, a leading IT solution provider focused on the logistics and airport industry, to develop the ACS platform.
ACS is a digital platform that brings together all cargo stakeholders including customs, customs brokers, shippers, airlines, trucking companies, ground and cargo handlers, and freight forwarders under one roof to facilitate the seamless movement of goods and data across the logistics ecosystem.
“At BIAL, our vision is to make BLR Airport a cargo hub, equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure and cutting-edge technology to deliver efficient operations,” said Satyaki Raghunath, Chief Strategy & Development Officer, BIAL.
“This reinforces BIAL’s commitment to support the airport cargo community and bolster the growth of BLR Airport as a cargo hub. The demonstrated efficiencies of the Kale Logistics’ ACS will ensure the development of a technologically-enabled cargo community at BLR Airport,” Raghunath added.
Amar More, CEO, Kale Logistics Solutions, said, “In the digital age, airports must be nimble to manage issues related to security, rising costs, unprecedented lockdowns and curfews. Kale’s ACS for BIAL is a next-gen community platform, which will enable collaboration between stakeholders in the supply chain to launch new services and deliver superior customer experiences.”
“Our ACS is developed on the principle of enabling a cohesive ecosystem of partnership and driving efficiency in air cargo operations with the highest level of data accuracy, security and compliance,” he added.
Owing to multiple stakeholders involved in cargo operations, each shipment, on an average, requires over 30 types of documents in multiple copies, resulting in significant duplication of documentation. It also causes increased dwell time and supply chain disruptions. The implementation of ACS will eliminate paperwork at BLR Airport, enable faster processing of transactions, reducing duplication of information and streamline processes, making information available prior to cargo reaching the airport.
ACS is a single-window electronic platform for all stakeholders in the air cargo value chain to interact with each other digitally, eliminating unnecessary documentation, delays, the opaqueness of supply chain and improving ease of doing business.