Today's cargo business is characterized by mounting ground handling costs due to the required human resources involved and demands for more services with faster information. The key to improved efficiency and customer service lies in simplifying and automating the cargo handling process. Lufthansa Systems offers a solution which meets these challenges: AdvancedCargo - Handling.
AdvancedCargo - Handling comprises AdvancedStation for detailed support of station-oriented workflows and AdvancedGlobal for a complete view of a shipment – from origin to final destination. To fulfill the complex mandatory requirements of American, Canadian and Mexican customs, Lufthansa Systems offers the AdvancedCustoms module as an Application Service Providing (ASP) model.
AdvancedStation covers the entire ground handling workflow from physical handling (export, transfer, import), warehousing, customs clearance, planning and monitoring to management reporting (statistics, figures and reports). It thus increases throughput while reducing costs and creating the necessary conditions for optimum customer service.
AdvancedStation can be used as part of the AdvancedCargo Platform or as a single module which easily integrates with existing IT systems: Via a customizable interface the AdvancedStation module can communicate with any cargo airline legacy system, requiring only a minimum of changes to existing systems.
AdvancedGlobal provides a self-explanatory representation of the current location and status of a shipment. Its layout makes it easy to determine where the transport chain has broken in the event of a service failure.
In addition to the customs functionality within AdvancedStation, Lufthansa Systems offers an ASP (application service provision) solution for customs in the USA, Canada and Mexico. AdvancedCustoms contains a full range of functionality, easily controlling the information being exchanged with U.S., Canadian and Mexican customs - without the need for papers and documents.
AdvancedCustoms is a fast, cost-effective solution designed to meet customers' air AMS compliance needs. It is a web-enabled interface to the customs authorities. The instant data transfer ensures swift clearance at customs and availability for consignees. Since Lufthansa Systems is a Certified Service Center, no lengthy testing is required when providing carriers with this interface to U.S., Canadian or Mexican customs. AdvancedCustoms uses interface modules that are directly connected to AMS/ACI, with communication occurring through the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Cargo IMP format.