Air Cargo Netherlands



ACN E-freight team started with enthousiasm

As of January 3rd 2011,  ACN is strengthened with a team of five project employees who will be entirely dedicated to the project ‘E-freight@NL’.

Click here for a short introduction of the five members of the ACN E-freight team: Marco van der Voort, Nicole Engelbert, Paul Nibbering, Yan Chen and Roel de Vries.


Big Leap in Chain Automation Thanks to Government Subsidies

Paperless airfreight carriage is the main objective of E-freight@NL, a ground-breaking project jointly undertaken by the industry association Air Cargo Netherlands (ACN), Air France KLM Cargo, Schiphol Group, Cargonaut, EVO, Nijenrode University and 25 other parties. The project aims to speed up throughput times, improve reliability and planning, and ultimately reduce costs within the air transport chain.

Moreover, E-freight will open the door to more efficient government monitoring of goods flows. The feasibility of paperless air transport has been proved in a global trial conducted by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in recent years. The next step is to make E-freight the industry standard as quickly as possible.


Subsidy of € 1.2 million from "Pieken de in Delta"

The project has applied for a € 1,2-milion subsidy from the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, as part of the “Peaks in the Delta” program. The ministry has already formally granted half the subsidy, while the remainder has been requested from seven regional authorities, namely: the Dutch provinces of North Holland, Utrecht and Limburg, the Greater Amsterdam Area and the municipalities of Amsterdam, Haarlemmermeer and Lelystad.

Strengthening the Position of Schiphol Airport

The initiators of E-freight@NL want to remain in the vanguard of international developments, thus strengthening the competitive edge held by the Netherlands and Schiphol as a mainport for airfreight. The participating parties (four airlines, 10 freight forwarders, seven airfreight handlers, and a few major shippers) will reconfigure their processes to ensure large-scale paperless operations throughout the airfreight chain, for import as well as export. 

ACN will establish a special E-freight team to help various parties bring about the required changes. The participating IT companies (Cargonaut, Foursoft and SmartLOXS) will interconnect their IT systems. The EVO will ensure that as many shippers and receivers as possible join in the program. Nijenrode University will assess what consequences these developments have on the yield of the participating air transport companies, and how they could adapt their business models accordingly.

Jan Vreeburg, Director of Logistics at Air France KLM Cargo: “The project took shape within several months – that alone is fantastic. Everyone involved deserves high praise for their enthusiasm and decisiveness in bringing about this partnership. Although we still have a long way to go, this clearly shows that the chain partners are willing and able to innovate to prepare for the future!”

Ben Radstaak, Managing Director of ACN: “E-freight is not only beneficial for  the environment, because less paper is used, but also for the quality and productivity of the air cargo chain, which will strengthen the position of Schiphol.. We are moving on the assumption that companies can continue to use their existing systems and can share their data with the rest of the chain and the authorities by way of portals or interfaces, allowing them to reap the envisaged commercial and environmental benefits.”


The participants of E-freight@NL are: Air France KLM Cargo, Lufthansa Cargo, Martinair Cargo, Singapore Airlines Cargo, ACN, Assembléon, ASML, Aviapartner, Blue Water, Cargonaut, Customs Support, DHL Global Forwarding, EVO, Fast Forwarding Freight, Foursoft, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, IJS Global,  Maastricht Handling Services, Menzies World Cargo, Nijenrode Business Universiteit, Rhenus Logistics, Schenker, Schiphol Group, Skylink, SmartLOXS, Swissport, Van de Put Fresh Cargo Handling, VCK, Viggo and WFS.