E-commerce shipments arriving at Leipzig/Halle Airport are now handled completely digitally and through automated processes with Dakosy’s ZODIAK Customs software.
The software, developed by the Hamburg software specialist is approved for all ATLAS Customs procedures. The software is now being used at Germany’s second-largest air freight hub by ground handling service provider PortGround, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG, primarily for its growing e-commerce business.
Approximately 70 freighters land at Leipzig/Halle Airport every day, most of them loaded with parcels ordered via the internet. The new software has an integrated interface with the airport’s in-house IT systems and can thus process relevant Customs information to automatically trigger Customs processes.
“Especially in times of growing e-commerce business, a smooth supply chain is important to guarantee punctual delivery for customers and consumers,” says Ulrich Wrage, CEO of DAKOSY Datenkommunikationssystem. “The digital handling of Customs processes is an essential part of this. We are confident that with our support, Leipzig/Halle Airport will become an air cargo hub that pioneers the digitalisation of e-commerce for the future,” Wrage adds.
ZODIAK is used at the airport as an SaaS application (Software-as-a-Service) with the software simplifying the workflows for Customs clearance of goods on site. This means that PortGround uses an electronic interface to send the flight manifest data (FFM) for all expected shipments to the DAKOSY Customs software.
This automatically extracts the relevant Customs information from the manifests and triggers all pending Customs processes.
For example, the first message triggered is the ICS declaration to the ICS (Import Control System) IT platform, as required for all EU imports from third countries. For air cargo, this must take place at least four hours in advance of reaching the first airport within the EU. If the value of a shipment exceeds 22 euros, then upon landing ZODIAK also triggers the summary declaration to Customs and automatically initiates Customs import duty processing.
“The new Customs software expands our comprehensive logistics portfolio and supports us, especially in the steadily growing e-commerce business,” says Alexander König, managing director of PortGround. “As the fifth-largest cargo airport in Europe, we need to seize the opportunities offered by digitalisation. With DAKOSY, we have a reliable partner who contributes a great deal of technical, logistical and Customs know-how.”
The infrastructure at the Leipzig/Halle air freight hub promotes its role as an e-commerce hub. The airport is connected to the A 9 and A 14 motorways and also has an excellent train connection. This enables incoming goods from all over the world to be distributed quickly throughout Germany, the airport says.