Lufthansa Cargo and Kuehne+Nagel Lead the Way in Paperless Freight Transportation

Lufthansa Cargo and Kuehne+Nagel Lead the Way in Paperless Freight Transportation

Lufthansa Cargo and Kuehne+Nagel, prominent players in the air freight industry, are spearheading the transition to paperless freight transportation with the introduction of “paperless lanes” between Europe and Asia. This innovative collaboration aims to eliminate the burdensome use of physical documentation while streamlining the entire air freight process. Not only does this initiative enhance operational efficiency, but it also contributes significantly to sustainability efforts within the industry.

During the pilot phase, Lufthansa Cargo and Kuehne+Nagel achieved 100% paperless shipments for general cargo on the Germany-Hong Kong route. This accomplishment encompasses the elimination of physical documents, including the electronic air waybill, accompanying documents, and paper pouches. The next phase will focus on expanding the number of paperless lanes, eventually establishing a fully paperless corridor for general cargo transportation between Europe and Asia.

Both companies recognize the transformative potential of this pilot project. By maximizing the use of paperless cargo within the designated corridor, Lufthansa Cargo and Kuehne+Nagel are driving sustainable and efficient logistics practices. This initiative reflects their commitment to leveraging innovation and technology to instigate positive change within the industry.

Dr. Jan-Wilhelm Breithaupt, Vice President Global Fulfillment Management at Lufthansa Cargo, emphasizes the initiative’s benefits: “We see great opportunities in this initiative as it supports all participants in pushing their handling efficiencies as well as increasing data availability and transparency throughout their network. The transition to a paperless environment will significantly reduce processing times and complexity while offering just-in-time shipment status information. However, it will only be a first step towards a fully digitalized air freight future; especially accompanying documentation of special cargo will come into our focus soon enough.”

Kuehne+Nagel, a long-standing customer of Lufthansa Cargo, is delighted with the achievement of 100% paperless freight and is determined to expand the paperless footprint further. Kolja Mahler-Wingen, Vice President Air Logistics Operations Germany at Kuehne+Nagel, highlights the benefits of paperless handling, including time-saving and increased efficiency. He also emphasizes the potential for automation and enhanced transparency that a fully digitized process can offer.

Both Lufthansa Cargo and Kuehne+Nagel encourage other industry players to join their efforts in eliminating unnecessary paper documents. Logistic companies interested in participating in the “paperless corridor” simply need to engage in the electronic Air Way Bill (eAWB) Single Process and select the eFreight Special Handling Code (EAW) for all general cargo shipments, ensuring paperless delivery to the airline.

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