CCS-UK Ad­vanced Info for ease of work

CCS-UK User Group, the body that man­ages and com­mis­sions en­hance­ments to the CCS-UK com­mu­nity sys­tem, pro­vides a free-of-charge Ad­vanced Info mod­ule to speed air­freight han­dling.

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CCS-UK User Group is work­ing on a new mod­ule that will speed-up de­liv­er­ies to and col­lec­tions from tran­sit sheds at Lon­don Heathrow Air­port. It fol­lows the re­cent launch of CCSUK Fall­back, which pro­vides an elec­tronic safety net in the event of a ma­jor out­age of the cus­toms com­puter. The lat­est mod­ule, CCS-UK Ad­vanced Info, will en­able freight agents and trans­port com­pa­nies work­ing on their be­half to pre-alert han­dling agents of loads be­ing de­liv­ered, down to House AWB level, as well as sub­mit Elec­tronic Con­sign­ment Se­cu­rity Dec­la­ra­tions (eCSD).

The ad­vanced in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing ve­hi­cle, driver, cargo be­ing de­liv­ered, han­dling agent and ETA, will be sub­mit­ted ei­ther through a web por­tal (for smaller, oc­ca­sional users), or (in the case of larger and more fre­quent users) mes­sages sent di­rect from the for­warder’s own sys­tem. The in­for­ma­tion will then be ac­ces­si­ble to all rel­e­vant par­ties in the sup­ply chain. De­liv­er­ies to mul­ti­ple shed op­er­a­tors will be au­to­mat­i­cally split by the sys­tem and only data ap­pli­ca­ble to each han­dler will be seen by them.

Agents us­ing the sys­tem will ben­e­fit from pre-al­lo­cated truck doors, cut­ting down or erad­i­cat­ing queu­ing. Han­dling agents mean­while will re­ceive cargo in­for­ma­tion di­rect into their sys­tems, elim­i­nat­ing re-key­ing, speed­ing up ve­hi­cle pro­cess­ing and en­abling more ef­fi­cient use of their re­sources.

In CCS-UK Ad­vanced Info, the em­pha­sis will be on sim­plic­ity and speed: in­te­gral data stores of all users, driv­ers, ve­hi­cles and tran­sit sheds will be used to pop­u­late new ship­ment en­tries, avoid­ing the re-in­put of pre­vi­ously-used data.

Fu­ture-proof­ing is also a fea­ture of the CCS-UK Ad­vanced Info con­cept: im­port re­lease notes, and ETSF (Ex­ter­nal Tem­po­rary Stor­age Fa­cil­ity, for­merly ERTS) day sheets will be among fur­ther doc­u­ments that will even­tu­ally be re­placed with elec­tronic mes­sages. It is also planned to ad­vise for­warders and their trans­port com­pa­nies of the sta­tus of the han­dling of their trucks. A fur­ther planned en­hance­ment for im­ports will be the trans­mis­sion of mes­sages from the han­dler to the agent, re­quest­ing him to send or not send a truck, or to send a truck at a spec­i­fied time. Steve Parker, Chair­man, CCS-UK User Group, says, “CCS-UK Ad­vanced Info is a ma­jor step to­wards elim­i­nat­ing in­ef­fi­ciency and cost in the UK air cargo in­dus­try. It pro­vides tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits for ev­ery­one and, as with our re­cently-launched CCSUK Fall­back sys­tem, is be­ing pro­vided com­pletely free of charge to all our mem­bers.”

Steve Parker Chair­man CCS-UK User Group

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