CHAMP Cargosystems, together with Icelandair has successfully participated in Transport Canada’s pre-load cargo information pilot. Using CHAMP’s TGS solution, the participation in the Pre-Load Air Cargo Targeting (PACT) pilot began and successfully transmitted messages on 11 October 2018.
PACT, like United States Customs and Border Protections’ Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) programme, is a pre-load advance cargo information (PLACI) regulation pilot that involves air carriers submitting shipment information prior to loading so that data is assessed for security risk.
“Compliance and security will continue to grow in importance in the supply chain,” says Nicholas Xenocostas, vice president, Commercial & Customer Engagement at CHAMP Cargosystems. “CHAMP is proud to be a part of the PACT pilot. We are delighted that our long-time customer Icelandair Cargo could be an integral part of it.”
TGS is a platform that operates in a similar way to CHAMP’s highly successful and comprehensive Traxon Global Customs (TGC) service for pre-arrival filing for customs Advance Cargo Information schemes (ACI), currently supporting more than 55 countries worldwide. TGS is specifically designed to support multiple PLACI schemes from the same platform delivering a consistent and complete solution for security compliance.
“It is a natural progression to work with CHAMP Cargosystems in the PACT pilot,” says Bertel Ólafsson, cargo systems manager at Icelandair Cargo. “Having already implemented TGS for the respective PLACI scheme in the United States ‘ACAS’, we know from experience that our security compliance is in good hands with such a user-friendly solution.”
In addition to TGS, Icelandair Cargo also benefits from CHAMP’s cargo management suite Cargospot, Traxon cargoHUB, Traxon Global Customs, and Traxon Quality to build the basis for efficient commercial and operational processes, data sharing, and meeting customs compliance requirements.
Icelandair Cargo is based in Reykjavik and operates two B757-200 freighters in addition to utilising the passenger network of Icelandair and Air Iceland Connect. Icelandair Cargo offers direct service to 58 international destinations in Europe and North America and three domestic destinations.
The carrier also has extensive collaboration with overland haulage companies in Europe and North America enableing services to and from all the principal cities in these market regions.
Since 2016 four wide body B767-300 passenger aircraft have been added to the passenger fleet of Icelandair. This capacity is extending airfreight possibilities to key markets and has proven to be very effective for the cargo operation, the carrier says. Icelandair Cargo also co-operates with a number of other air carriers to offer continued flights to more distant markets, including Asia.