IV AirCargoForum in Russia showed that the best objects for investments in the air cargo business are emerging cutting-edge technologies and IT solutions

On the 29th of October 2013, in Moscow was held IV AirCargoForum-2013, hosted by Innovation Center of Civil Aviation with support of the Ministry of transport of Russian Federation and the Logistcs Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation in partnering with the International Airport Novosibirsk.

The main idea of the presentations and discussions was the secret of the success of investments in the air cargo business. Exactly in this way were considered the best world practice of creating the largest multimodal cargo and mail hub on the basis of airport and the measures for simplifying the business – implementation of e-Cargo and mandatory Advance Customs Pre-alert  for air transportation. Leading companies of the worldwide transport and logistics industry has indicated that investment in technologies and advanced IT-solutions is the best fundament for the further development of companies and cargo and logistics market in whole.

The program of IV AirCargoForum was fulfilled completely. The Forum was attended by representatives of the Government of the Russian Federation, Ministry of transport of Russian Federation, Federal Customs Service of Russian Federation, Federal Service for Supervision of Transport, Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance and other Federal Executive authorities, IATA, TIACA, airports, cargo terminals, cargo agents and operators, air carriers, the providers of IT services, sector experts.

Head of the Department of external relations and work with the business council Mr. Vladimir Padalko in his welcoming speech said that «air cargo service is so integrated into everyday life of every person who is used to buy fresh flowers, order the goods through the Internet, to use the services of the express-mail that it is impossible to imagine the modern world without air cargo.

Therefore, the responsibility and the tasks of this business meet the national interests. Therefore, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, first of all, our Transport & Logistic Committee, annually supports AirCargoForum in Russia as the key event of the air cargo sector that is in the common interest of increasing the competitiveness of our services on the world market. In addition, we as an organization, which itself provides services are extremely interested in development of foreign trade relations of Russia, and air cargo service is highly promote this».

Deputy Minister of transport of the Russian Federation Mr. Valery Okulov during his speech at the Plenary session, stressed that the foundation for attracting investment into the sector creates with «synergy of three terms such as: the state's efforts to simplify conditions for business development, adoption of innovative technologies, including IT, effective management of hubs, through which goods move».

As Mr. Okulov noted in this regard, «adoption of e-Cargo is currently one of the priority tasks of the Ministry of transport of Russia».

To solve this task it is planned to work in the following directions:

  • legalization of e-AWB in Russia based on the IATA Multilateral e-AWB agreement in Russia and IATA FSU/RCS;;
  • development and introduction of standard and technology of use of HAWB e-HAWB for realization of multimodal consolidated transportation by consolidation agents, freight forwarders, courier carriers and express carriers and other logistics companies;
  • development of the program of Federal air transport Agency concerning certification of aviation security for generation of the e-CSD.

Mr. Okulov commented upon the initiative of the Eurasian Economic Commission concerning introduction of mandatory Advance Customs Pre-alert about goods which cross the integrated customs border of the Customs Union by air transport since 1 September 2015 and presented a draft decision: «Currently, The Ministry of transport of Russian Federation and the leading Russian airlines define goals and objects of pre-alert, what it will give to carriers from the viewpoint of simplification of customs control and clearance».

Ms. Kuzmich Lyudmila, Deputy Director of the Customs Infrastructure Department of the Eurasian Economic Commission, spoke about Advance Customs Pre-alert.

According to her report, the introduction of the Advance Customs Pre-alert for air transport will be implemented since the 1st of April 2015 (a similar rule for road transport was adopted on June 17, 2012).

«As a basis for the development of the volume and composition of Advance Customs Pre-alert is offered to use the documents and information specified in article 159 of the Customs code of the Customs Union, - Ms. Kuzmich noted. Advance Customs Pre-alert should be made either by the carrier or by an authorized person not less than 4 hours before arrival of the aircraft in a place of moving of the goods through the customs border of the Customs Union. In case of flight which takes less than 4 hours Advance Customs Pre-alert should be submitted before the actual departure of the aircraft». In this regard, the work is underway concerning amendments to the Agreement «About the representation and exchange of Advance Customs Pre-alert about goods and transport facilities crossing the customs border of the Customs Union».

Work on the Agreement is a part of the preparation of the Eurasian economic Union Treaty with the purpose of elimination of barriers and in mutual access of subjects of entrepreneurial activity on the market of States - members of the Customs Union and Single economic space.

In detail the Advance Customs Pre-alert on air transport was discussed in the framework of the discussion part of the Second panel, moderated by Ms. Lyudmila Kuzmich.

In the work of this panel was attended by Mr. Dmitry Salichev, Head of Cargo Division of the Emirates Sky Cargo in Russia, Mr. Pavel Trukhin, Deputy head of Department of Customs Processing Organization with the Use of Information Technologies and Mr. Alexander Gusakovskiy, Deputy Director General of the Innovation Center of Civil Aviation.

During the discussion Ms. L. Kuzmich noted that, according to №304-Federal Law, such data as a bill of stores, commercial documents to the transported cargoes (invoices, packing lists), information concerning the rest of fuel upon arrival of the aircraft and about fueling before departure of aircraft, and information about the crew of the aircraft, about the aircraft repair kit, are not and will not be the object of Advance Customs Pre-alert.

In addition, within the bounds of Advance Customs Pre-alert is requested information declarative type, which does not require the application of electronic digital signature of the applicant. This statement was extremely important for carriers and cargo operators and was met with applause.

*Set of reports about the development of cargo and mail hubs is in processing and will be available later. Among them such materials as exemplary business cases of Schiphol airport (Amsterdam) and the Leipzig-Halle in a complex with the speech of the AeroLogic airline, and also promising project of the Novosibirsk International airport about the creation of cargo and mail hub in the Siberian Federal district and also a very concentrate report of Moscow Airport Domodedovo devoted by Domodedovo Aerotropolis. Set of reports concerning e-Cargo with the participation of representatives of IATA, TIACA, Panalpina, IT operator GLS HK is in the process too and soon will be published on the ICCA website.


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