(Advance Information System)


AIS (Advance Information System) is a new module from CCS-UK User Group that is transforming the process of delivering air cargo to Heathrow Airport, and steadily gaining traction within the industry. It is also being extended to other UK airports.

Well-documented peak-time delays at Heathrow’s outdated cargo terminal have been a fact of life going back many years. Lack of on-airport truck parking, narrow approach roads and tight manoeuvring space for today’s larger articulated vehicles frequently lead to long truck queues backing up onto the airport’s perimeter road, and trucks and drivers tied up unnecessarily for hours.

AIS enables freight agents, and transport companies working on their behalf,  to pre-alert handling agents of loads being delivered and picked up (down to House AWB level), as well as submit Electronic Consignment Security Declarations (e-CSD).

This advance information – including vehicle, driver, cargo being delivered, handling agent and ETA – is submitted either through a web portal, or via messages sent from the forwarder’s own system. The data is then accessible to all relevant parties in the supply chain.

Receiving this information electronically in advance means handlers can pre-populate their systems with the shipment information, so reducing paperwork and delays on arrival of the truck, and eradicating re-keying errors. Handlers can also better anticipate workloads, schedule resources, and allocate handling slots for trucks. This is helping to reduce the total number of vehicles on the cargo terminal at any one time, and cutting peak queuing times.

AIS has now been proven in actual use for over a year, and is helping to streamline collections and deliveries for a growing number of forwarders and airfreight hauliers. AIS includes handling agent performance monitoring and reporting.

The AIS module is free of charge for all CCS-UK subscribers. Click here to download the XML documentation pack that can be used to develop the solution within your own system. Or contact CCS-UK User Group for more information.