The automotive group PSA, which includes the brands of Citroen, Opel, Peugeot and DS, has joined the Paris-based cargo information network, CIN France.

This cargo community system digitally manages air cargo traffic for all French airports, in terms of both imports and exports.

CIN was launched in January 2016 to track all freight traffic from factory to shipper up to the aircraft departure. The system connects to all Customs applications, and guarantees the administration of export tax from France. By joining CIN, the PSA group is following the example of many exporters, including Schneider Electric and Sanofi, which are amongst the biggest French airfreight customers. PSA can now track all its spare parts and urgent air traffic. The information on exports is available through CIN France, including the road feeder operators, forwarders, airlines and handlers, sharing the data with Customs which avoids the emergence of unreliable data.

Jean-Francois Bouilhaguet (pictured), President of CIN, previously CEO of SODEXI, a subsidiary of air France KLM, is certain that this system is the solution for traceability of general cargo. “Air cargo traffic is clearly more economic than express freight but cannot guarantee the same quality of track and trace. This is mainly due to the number of different players in the chain. Also, the shipper may change his logistics providers according to his business opportunities as well as price. The CCS can handle this flexibility without downgrading the quality of the data.”