Air Cargo Management

LATAM Cargo achieves ‘milestone’ as first airline to carry out a ONE Record digital corridor from South America

LATAM Cargo is officially the first airline to carry out a ONE Record digital corridor from South America, between the airports of Lima and Madrid.

The milestone comes after two months of testing during which the cargo subsidiary sought to evaluate and understand in an early stage the benefits that the implementation of the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) ONE Record brings to the different industry stakeholders involved in the air logistics process.

ONE Record is a standard promoted by IATA to share data by creating a single record for cargo.

The aim is that, by January 1, 2026, ONE Record will be established as the only industry data sharing standard supported by IATA.

This pilot was the first in the industry with perishable products, and was achieved together with the support of Usyncro, a technological solution that also incorporates Blockchain in logistics.

Results showed the pilot achieved a potential efficiency saving of at least 65 per cent of time in document and data processing activities, from the delivery of cargo at origin to its pick-up at destination.

The results obtained were thanks to the collaborative efforts of the entire chain, involving two of its customers, Hellmann and Translogistics, together with their main consignee brokers, Asatrans and Arola, respectively.

These were supported by the cargo terminals, Talma Servicios Aeroportuarios, Frío Aéreo and its ground handler at destination, as well as the supervision and control by Customs at origin and destination, in Peru and Spain.

Jorge Gálvez, director of development and marketing at LATAM Cargo, said: “The implementation of this first pilot marks a milestone for the company regarding our objectives as LATAM Cargo in terms of digitalisation.

“As we move forward on this path, we increasingly understand the advantages that ONE Record will bring to all the actors involved in the chain.”

Gálvez added: “The potential benefit of this initiative is enormous, but to achieve its full adoption by 2026, we must move forward united, working together with customers, suppliers and authorities. Only through a collaborative and coordinated effort will we be able to achieve our ultimate goal.”

Violeta Solís Pellanne, airfreight product manager at Hellmann Peru, said: “We consider the technological challenge that ONE Record invites us to undertake to be of vital importance, to have all participants in the logistics chain integrated through the same standard, sharing reliable information directly from the source, traveling from start to finish of the chain and leading us to achieve a zero paper environment, thus adding to our principles of ecological sustainability.”

LATAM Cargo demonstrated the positive impact of implementing information sharing standards, as it significantly reduced resolution time for irregularities and process blockages caused by document-related incidents.

Moreover, this implementation enables the elimination of physical documentation while effectively assigning responsibilities to each party concerning data, traceability, and information security.

LATAM Cargo states that despite the benefits that ONE Record brings to the cargo process, it entails great challenges due to the lack of knowledge that still exists of the standard in most of the region, which also lacks the necessary digital capabilities for its implementation.

It is thought that this is a major challenge for those who have wanted to get started in this process and move forward together towards its adoption, with the acceptance by Customs and authorities, which are key to its success.

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