Heathrow truck queue wor­ries re­solved

CCS-UK User Group is work­ing to en­able freight agents and trans­port com­pa­nies work­ing on their be­half, to pre-alert han­dling agents of loads be­ing de­liv­ered or col­lected and pro­vid­ing elec­tronic Se­cu­rity Dec­la­ra­tions (eCSD).

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The truck con­ges­tion at Lon­don Heathrow’s Cargo Ter­mi­nal un­der­scores the press­ing need for a uni­ver­sal ad­vance in­for­ma­tion sys­tem that will alert han­dling agents to ar­riv­ing ve­hi­cles and speed up their pro­cess­ing. The ad­vance 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 should ben­e­fit from pre-al­lo­cated truck doors and re­duced queu­ing. Han­dling agents mean­while will re­ceive cargo in­for­ma­tion di­rect into their sys­tems, there­fore, elim­i­nat­ing re-key­ing, speed­ing up ve­hi­cle pro­cess­ing and en­abling more ef­fi­cient use of their re­sources.

“The con­ges­tion prob­lems to date have been at Heathrow, but this is a na­tion­wide is­sue po­ten­tially af­fect­ing all UK air­ports,” says Steve Parker, Group Chair­man, CCS-UK User. “Air cargo vol­umes will con­tinue to grow, and process com­plex­i­ties may also in­crease fol­low­ing Brexit. This makes it vi­tal for both the UK air cargo in­dus­try and the UK econ­omy, that ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture and re­sources are used as ef­fi­ciently as pos­si­ble, to avoid dam­ag­ing de­lays and as­so­ci­ated costs.”

CCS-UK User Group had pro­posed its so­lu­tion to Heathrow Air­port Lim­ited (HAL) fol­low­ing the lat­ter’s re­cent re­quest for pro­pos­als for a call for­ward sys­tem. Al­though HAL sub­se­quently de­cided not to pro­ceed with this, the CCS-UK User Group be­lieves in the ben­e­fits of its own pro­posed ap­proach and is there­fore con­tin­u­ing with its Ad­vance In­for­ma­tion pro­ject. This will be avail­able at all UK air­ports and will be free of charge. Parker con­tin­ues, “The sug­gested phys­i­cal barrier lo­cated at the en­trance to the Heathrow cargo ter­mi­nal, un­less also ac­com­pa­nied by a by-pass lane and hold­ing park for non-com­pli­ant ve­hi­cles, would only have wors­ened the sit­u­a­tion. The in­dus­try would have to op­er­ate dif­fer­ently at in­di­vid­ual air­ports or pay ex­tra (as was pro­posed) for the priv­i­lege of de­liv­er­ing cargo to a car­rier at Heathrow.” “What is needed is a sin­gle sys­tem that can be adopted by all in­dus­try play­ers, that works at all lo­ca­tions, and that does not in­crease costs. CCSUK User Group is work­ing on that so­lu­tion, and we want to en­gage with the in­dus­try through our road­shows to en­sure that the end prod­uct is what ev­ery­one wants,” he adds.

Among the par­ties CCSUK User Group is con­sult­ing in its plans are SEGRO, which owns the ma­jor­ity of the air­side cargo ter­mi­nals at Heathrow.

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