Russian delegation of Government authorities, airlines and airports has visited Hong Kong, 02-03/04/2012

Russian delegation represented by Government authorities and leading airlines and airports has visited Hactl SuperTerminal 1 – the largest cargo handling facility in the world - as the highlight of a fact-finding mission to explore latest developments and best practice in air cargo processing. The mission of 25 delegates from the Ministry of Transport, Federal Customs Service, Federal Agency for the Development of the State Border Facilities, Federal Air Transport Agency of the Russian Federation and other State agencies also Aeroflot, AirBridgeCaro, Volga-Dnepr, Tolmachevo Airport, STS Logistic's was to get the best practice of e-Freight implementation in Hong Kong. All these delegates are members of working group for e-Freight implementation in the Russian Federation. The visit was organized by Russian company “Innovation Center of Civil Aviation” – a coordinator of the Pilot Project of the e-Freight implementation in Russia.


The visit to Hactl included a tour of the giant facility, and focused on Hactl’s enhanced e-Freight capabilities within its recently-launched HK$240million (USD31million/ EUR22million/ GBP19million) COSAC-Plus operating system. Delegates also investigated the airports’ layout, its role within the local airfreight community, cargo infrastructure needs, competition in ground handling, and how Hong Kong accommodates inter-modal traffic.

ICCA President, Dr. Rano Dzhuraeva, says: “For more than 10 years Hong Kong Airport and Hactl have successfully worked with electronic data interchange (EDI) messages and documents in accordance with IATA standards. And we are very grateful to Hactl for allowing us to have a closer look at their impressive facilities and new IT system. It is very important for us to see in greater detail Hactl’s e-Freight experience and practice because the test transit flights within the frame work of the Pilot Project on e-Freight implementation in Russia will be in the near future. These flights will be operated by Aeroflot from Hong Kong via Tolmachevo Airport (OVB) to Frankfurt Hahn and by ABC also from Hong Kong via Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to Amsterdam. All presentations made by Hactl and Airport Authorities representatives and their commentaries were very interesting and impressive”.

Hactl’s MD, Mark Whitehad, adds: “We are flattered that our friends from Russia spent so much time looking at the Hactl operation and seeking our guidance, and we hope that this visit has given them a clearer insight into the most effective ways of developing their air cargo infrastructure so that Russia can play an integral role in the global industry.”

About Hactl

Hactl was launched in 1976 at Kai Tak Airport, where it handled 175,000 tonnes of cargo in its first year of operation. In 1998 it relocated to its famous, custom-designed SuperTerminal 1 at the city’s new Chek Lap Kok airport. This is still the world’s largest single independent cargo handling facility.

Hactl has more than doubled its tonnage in the 13 years since it moved to SuperTerminal 1, with an all-time record throughput of 2.9 million tonnes in 2010.

Hactl’s shareholders are Jardine, Matheson & Co., Ltd (41.67%), Hutchison Port Holdings Ltd (20.83%), The Wharf (Holdings) Ltd (20.83%) and China National Aviation Corporation (Group) Ltd (16.67%).

Key facts


  • Launched 1976
  • Handling over 100 airlines including 53 freighter operators
  • Added-value services (third party unit build-up/breakdown, Customs clearances, local collection/delivery, scheduled road feeders to/from 6 points in mainland China, X-ray scanning)
  • Handles over 70% of total Hong Kong throughput
  • Bespoke IT system COSAC-Plus (Community System for Air Cargo) links Hactl with airlines, freight forwarders, agents, Shippers/Consignees, Airport Authority, Civil Aviation Authority, Census and Statistics Department, and Customs and Excise Department

SuperTerminal 1:

  • Opened 1998
  • 390, 943 sq m floor area
  • Airside frontage 1,940 m
  • Multilevel truck access and processing
  • 3,500 bay, multi-level container storage system, served by 40 fully-automated driverless ATVs
  • Additional storage for 1,573 empty units
  • 10,000 bay automated stillage storage/retrieval system for loose cargo (box storage system)
  • More than 400 pallet workstations
  • 227 truck docks
  • 2,700 staff
  • Facilities for livestock/bloodstock, perishables (33 dedicated truck docks), valuables (dedicated zone for handling 9 armoured vehicles simultaneously), hazardous/radioactive cargo
  • Over 1,000 CCTV cameras throughout; card-controlled access; personnel-free cargo storage zones
  • Capacity: 3.5 million tonnes per annum
  • All-time record throughput of 2.9 million tonnes in 2010
  • Record throughput in one day: 10,184 tonnes
  • Initial investment (1998) US$1 billion