Abu Dhabi Trade Platform Launches Digital Air Cargo Solutions
As part of the ongoing efforts to accelerate the digitalization of Abu Dhabi’s trade and logistics landscape and enhance Advanced Trade and Logistics Platform (ATLP) capabilities, Maqta Gateway, the digital arm of AD Ports Group, has introduced digital air freight solutions.
Developed in close collaboration with key partners such as Abu Dhabi Airports, Etihad Airport Services and Etihad Cargo, the digital air cargo solutions will streamline the movement of air cargo shipments to and from Abu Dhabi’s five airports, according to an official statement.
Beyond digitizing and simplifying air cargo processing, ATLP’s latest solutions will reduce wait times by 80%, improve delivery times through customs integration, improve visibility of track and trace, introduce digital payment channels and improve warehouse utilization through an automated appointment system.
“With the introduction of digital air cargo solutions in ATLP, we have taken a key step in our journey to accelerate the digitalization of trade and logistics in the region,” said Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri, Head of Digital Cluster , AD Ports Group and CEO. , Maqta Gateway. “ATLP is taking the next steps to improve transparency across the entire value chain and enable stakeholders and customers to realize new savings associated with the movement of air cargo to and from Abu Dhabi. ATLP’s continued evolution demonstrates the leadership’s vision for a fully integrated logistics ecosystem that positions Abu Dhabi as a leading commercial, logistics and economic hub, powered by a formidable digital foundation and ready for the future.”
Dr. Ali Husain Makki, Executive Director of Logistics and Trade Facilitation Sector, Department of Economic Development Abu Dhabi, added: “This latest milestone in the continued development of ATLP marks a milestone in the Abu Dhabi’s rapid progress towards becoming a global hub for trade and logistics ATLP’s digital air cargo solutions introduce an invaluable tool for ATLP to further consolidate Abu Dhabi’s trade ecosystem and accelerate trade facilitation in across the UAE and beyond. We look forward to working closely with regional logistics leaders such as AD Ports Group and Etihad Airways to design new solutions that can be applied across the entire supply chain. value.”
François Bourienne, Commercial Director of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Abu Dhabi Airports welcomes the introduction of ATLP digital air cargo solutions developed and operated by Maqta Gateway. This is a testament to how collaboration and innovation can help streamline processes to further strengthen Abu Dhabi. The competitive position of Dhabi as a hub for the movement of goods and international trade. We are confident that the additional ATLP capabilities will have a positive impact on airport and airline operations by accelerating the movement of air cargo shipments.
In addition to reducing the amount of documentation needed for air cargo shipments by 90%, the new services can also reduce unnecessary trips to the airport by 80% for air cargo agents. This, in turn, will reduce the time required for the entire process from 1 hour to just six minutes, and document scanning will improve staff efficiency by 50%.
In the case of exports, the new service will reduce the processing time by 25% (80 to 60 minutes) while for imports, the time required will be reduced by 20% (67 to 54 minutes). ATLP’s latest additions will also reduce truck wait times by 50%.
To ensure the successful implementation of these new solutions, Maqta Gateway recently signed an agreement with Etihad Aviation Group to deploy these digital solutions to all customers, partners and stakeholders active in the air cargo industry.
Martin Drew, SVP Sales and Cargo, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “This is a big step forward in the industry’s bid to digitally transform the sector to deliver far-reaching benefits for operators. and all stakeholders and to create an enhanced customer offering and the momentum behind positioning Abu Dhabi as a global trade, freight and logistics hub.
“And with the industry estimating that global air cargo traffic will more than double its revenue over the next two decades to 578 billion tonne-kilometres (RTK), the emirate becomes digitally poised to secure a significant and justifiable market share.”
Jubran Al Breiki, Director of Etihad Airport Services, added: “ATLP’s capabilities enable land, sea, air and rail stakeholders of the future to not only conduct business in a highly efficient and integrated digital approach , but also allow users to access and pay for the services they need, all through a one-stop interface.
“The movement of air cargo to and from Abu Dhabi will be significantly enhanced with new levels of operational efficiency, bringing our customers, freight forwarders and stakeholders onto a common community platform, enabling faster processing of goods. , resulting in significant benefits for the air cargo community.”
Inaugurated in May 2020 by His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, ATLP is the first of its kind in the region. It is developed and operated by Maqta Gateway under the supervision of the Department of Economic Development Abu Dhabi and aims to integrate and facilitate the operations of the trade and logistics sectors, and to connect maritime, land, air, industrial areas and frank to all authorities regulating these activities.