Freightos & Lufthansa Cargo collaborate on ‘e-booking’
To hasten the digitalisation of the airfreight industry, online cargo marketplace Freightos has teamed up with Lufthansa Cargo to create a new online portal through which forwarders can compare rates and book air cargo space instantly. By combining Freightos WebCargo and Lufthansa Cargo’s application programming interface (API) services, enables forwarders to instantly look up contracted rates, assess capacity and book cargo on specific flights in real-time. The platform allows hundreds of forwarders to access accurate, calculated prices and book capacity within one portal. Lufthansa Cargo’s main contribution was the application of APIs, which combine Freightos’ pricing database with the instant ability to find capacity and book it. If the capacity is unavailable, the system can be switched to support manual, online ad-hoc pricing. “Through Lufthansa Cargo web service, we are driving the digitsation of our industry to offer our customers and partners a convenient and fast digital interface to our products and services,” said Peter Gerber, CEO, Lufthansa Cargo. The platform will be expanded globally in coming months, beginning with a rollout in major European markets.