Air cargo operators are under increasing pressure to reduce costs but achieve faster transit times at European airports, from wheels down to final delivery to customers.

This part of the chain is very much in the hands of the road feeder operators which serve the market. The Trucking CDM platform provides transparency, predictability and a slot allocation planning mechanism between truckers and handlers. Netherlands-based JAN DE RIJK is one of the main players, with a total fleet of over 1,000 vehicles in use every day. The company serves all the main hubs as well as some minor ones. Stefan Pieters, Manager Operations and Development, is enthusiastic about the potential of the platform.

“Our biggest challenge boils down to the waiting hours spent at cargo handling facilities, caused by lack of communication and transparency. As there is often no contractual relation between the trucker and the handler, both parties operate on behalf of the airline but not directly connected to each other. This is very frustrating and ties up vehicles, which costs extra, and at the same time is causing more emissions. If we could share data about when the freight is available, the status of vehicle combined shipment information we could communicate much better with the handler, thus creating insight and data sharing for all parties involved.

“The Trucking CDM platform allows data sharing between the involved stakeholders in regard to the truck movement and we are currently sharing all data of our traffic from and towards Amsterdam within Europe.The idea of a CDM platform was born almost five years ago and it goes without saying that we have supported the initiative of the Trucking CDM right from the start. Given the recent developments in regard to data exchange between handling companies and road feeders combined with system integration possibilities, I look forward to start actively using the CDM platform now that we are able to share our data."

Trucking CDM was developed by CargoHub, based at Schiphol airport.