SITA and its joint venture CHAMP Cargosystems announce plans to support international development as they join the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation as official business partners.
The Alliance is a not-for-profit collaboration of governments, international organisations and businesses working to make trade simpler, faster and more cost-effective in order to unlock inclusive economic growth and tackle poverty.
It works with governments and businesses in developing and least developed countries to identify bottlenecks at the border and implement targeted reforms to address them.
The Alliance was set up to help governments implement the World Trade Organisation’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and is currently delivering ten projects across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Each project aims to create an environment where businesses can trade more easily with predictable procedures, streamlined regulation and greater automation.
In becoming Alliance partners SITA and CHAMP Cargosystems join some of the world’s largest retailers, manufacturers, logistics and technology companies who move or help to move goods across the globe every day and who lend their knowledge and expertise in trade to support the Alliance’s work.
Sebastien Fabre, VP Portfolio Management at SITA, says: “The air transport industry is inextricably linked to sustainable global trade with IATA forecasting that the value of international trade shipped by air next year will amount to USD 6.7 trillion.
“Technologies like blockchain present significant opportunities to increase widespread efficiency for the air transport industry, reduce costs and unlock further economic growth. With this in mind, we’re excited to join the Alliance,” Fabre adds.
Stephane Noll, head of digital engagement and transformation at CHAMP Cargosystems, says: “CHAMP provides a comprehensive range of integrated IT solutions and distribution services for the air cargo transport chain. To be successful in this industry requires a collaborative mindset at many levels.
“It’s second nature for us to tackle operational challenges and identify and implement practical solutions. We provide greater efficiencies for air cargo businesses and keep the machinery of the global supply chain always moving. Being a member of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation will enable us and other members to further harness this spirit of collaboration,” Noll says.
Philippe Isler, the Alliance’s director, says: “We are very pleased to have SITA and CHAMP Cargosystems onboard. They share our view that business has a key role to play in international development and that trade facilitation reforms will be more impactful if they are delivered by governments and business working together.
“We know that 35 per cent of the value of world trade travels by air, and we are keen to work with more companies in the aviation industry to see how we can make trade by air cargo as smooth and as fast as possible. Both SITA and CHAMP Cargosystems are using new technology to do that and we are excited to see how their insights could be applied to some of our projects.”