Cathay Cargo accepts first ONE Record intermodal shipment

The first ever sea-to-air shipment using IATA ONE Record protocols has been transported from Dongguan for export from Hong Kong.

The pilot scheme saw shipments from forwarder Yusen Logistics accepted at the Cathay Cargo Terminal Dongguan and pass through Airport Authority Hong Kong security there.

Acceptance milestones were registered in ONE Record, which generated data notices when the bonded shipments were unloaded for export at Hong Kong International Airport.

From there, they triggered the normal ONE Record shipment milestones as they completed their journey to the eventual consignees.

The intermodal shipments moved to Hong Kong for Cathay Cargo flights to Bangkok, Manila and Tokyo, marking the first time that IATA ONE Record milestones, including security status, have been made available for a sea-to-air shipment and cargo acceptance was logged outside the origin airport’s cargo terminal.

Yusen followed the progress in the cargo-management system, EzyCargo, using an interface designed by Global Logistics System, which has pioneered development of ONE Record and led the technical and system readiness for the pilot.

IATA’s ONE Record enables end-to-end transparency for consignments, logging progress as they pass through multiple links in the chain from shipper to agent, airline, warehouse and authorities such as customs, following IATA’s protocols for APIs.

Tom Owen, Director of Cathay Cargo says the pilot demonstrates ONE Record’s value with services such as Ultra Track and its flexibility accepting cargo from an upstream cargo terminal.

He says, “Our new Cathay Cargo Terminal facility in Dongguan, together with its innovative solutions and technology, played a vital role in the project, and it will bring benefits to all parties and stakeholders for intermodal cargo operations in the Greater Bay Area (GBA).”

Cyrus Chan, Manager Air Freight Forwarding Division of Yusen Logistics, adds, “ONE Record will really help enhance the collaboration among supply chain stakeholders, especially for shipments from the GBA, and it will improve visibility for our customers. ONE Record is gaining traction and will become the global standard, and we are keen to be an early adopter to align with industry best practice and future developments in air-cargo operations.”