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Empowering the Airport Cargo Community through technology

Air cargo is a booming segment within the airline industry with a significant share of revenues. The challenges facing the industry are manifold especially lagging IT infrastructure upgrades. In the next two decades, air cargo traffic is expected to go beyond thrice its current size, out-pacing passenger traffic and thereby providing airlines with greater revenue-generation opportunities.


The air cargo business is swiftly shifting focus from general cargo to highly specialised cargo verticals. In this evolving business scenario, traditional stakeholders of the air cargo industry will need to deploy data analytics and data mining technologies for creating bespoke products for air cargo, which are distinct from those for the passenger business. Airport Cargo Community Systems bridge the gap with regards to standardisation of processes and technological needs of the air cargo value chain.


Most of the major airports across the globe have Airport Cargo Community Systems (ACS) for information exchange between its various stakeholders. These structures constitute a Single Window System for Trade. The Trade Facilitation agreement by the World Trade Organisation aims to help make trade across borders (both imports and exports) faster, cheaper and more predictable, while ensuring its safety and security.


An Airport Cargo Community System (also referred to as Cargo Community System (CCS)) is a neutral and open electronic platform aiding intelligent and secure information exchange between its stakeholders. It is a crucial tool in optimising operational efficiencies and enabling digitalisation of the end-to-end air cargo value chain

The role of the Airport Cargo Community system

A Single Window System such as an ACS enables electronic communications in airports between private transport operators (airlines, agents, freight forwarders, stevedores, freight depots), the private vicinity (pre- and on-carriage, usually by road), importers and exporters, the airport authorities, Customs and other authorities.


With technology at its core, Kale Logistics Solutions’ Airport Cargo Community system is an electronic collaboration to help all stakeholders to electronically communicate within themselves and with other stakeholders like Airlines, Customs House Agents, Customs, Banks and GHAs. It facilitates the movement of goods and information at the airport and aids in digital interactions, in conformance to initiatives around e-freight, e-AWB and e-CSD.

Pioneering Air Cargo Trade though a Single Window Interface

ACS streamlines the entire export process for all airport cargo stakeholders

  • Connects shippers, carriers, Forwarders and consignees on a common platform to streamline the export process
  • Facilitates flow of operations from consignee booking to getting Customs’ release order
  • Seamless connectivity with Customs for documentation and approvals
  • e-generation of documents such as booking requests, way bills, Customs Release Order and Export manifests
  • Seamless exchange of documents between various stakeholders in the value chain including consignees, Forwarders, agents, Customs and Airlines
  • Slot Management
  • Support for eFreight / eAWB
  • Support for ENS / AMS

ACS streamlines the entire import process for all airport cargo stakeholders

  • Streamlines entire import process with stakeholders like Consignees, Carriers & Forwarders and Customs
  • Forwarder can create import goods declaration and submit to Customs from the ACS data
  • Auto-generation of pertinent documents such as imports goods declaration, import manifest, e-DO and Release Order (OC)
  • Financial transactions like CAN/DO charges, TSP, Customs Duty etc.
  • Facility to seek approvals at various milestones from relevant entities
  • Seamless connectivity with Customs for documentation and approvals

Business Benefits

Greater visibility and transparency

E-freight compliant

Quick ROI

Electronic Authority Compliance

Accurate auto-generated documents

Offers Customer delight

Thought Leadership

The cargo supply chain essentially generates three types of documents- Transport, Trade & Customs documents.

News & Views

Read how India’s first Airport Cargo Community System has revolutionised operations at Mumbai International Airport’s Cargo hub.

Client Speaks

“MIAL is delighted to introduce the country’s first air cargo community portal at Mumbai International Airport. GMAX is the first of its kind […]


Mr.Manoj Singh – VP, (Cargo),MIAL