BIAL to introduce ACS to streamline air logistics

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Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) is reportedly set to introduce the Air Cargo Community System (ACS), to streamline air logistics.

In a statement, BIAL stated that it has signed an e-agreement with India’s leading IT solution provider focussed on the logistics and airports industry, Kale Logistics Solutions, to develop the ACS platform.

ACS is a digital platform that brings together all cargo stakeholders including customs brokers, customs, airlines, shippers, ground & cargo handlers, trucking companies and freight forwarders under one roof, facilitating seamless movement of data and goods across the logistics ecosystem, the statement 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 leads to increased dwell time and supply chain disruption.

Reportedly, the implementation of ACS will eliminate paperwork at BLR airport (Kempegowda International Airport), enable faster processing of transactions, reducing duplication of information and streamline processes, making information available prior to cargo reaching the airport.

“At BIAL, our vision is to make Bangalore airport a cargo hub, equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure and cutting-edge technology to deliver efficient operations. As part of our digital transformation efforts, together with our cargo community, we are excited to implement a data-sharing platform,” BIAL Chief Strategy & Development Officer Satyaki Raghunath said.

“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. In the digital age, airports must be nimble to manage issues related to security, rising costs, unprecedented lockdowns and curfews,” Kale Logistics Solutions Chief Executive Officer Amar More said.

“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. We are happy to partner with BIAL in their digital transformation journey to become resilient and adaptable,” More added.

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