Thursday 21st Mar 2019 - Logistics Manager Magazine

Descartes launches global air freight electronic booking system

Descartes Systems Group has launched CargoBooker, a global air freight electronic booking service aimed at small and medium-sized air freight forwarders. The service, which is part of the company’s GF-X Exchange, enables forwarders to access air cargo carrier information to make electronic bookings 24/7 via a simple web browser.

The system has been designed to help carriers and forwarders reduce costs, improve efficiency and have better access to real-time information across air cargo carriers. It comprises a single web-based point of access to air cargo carrier information, such as product, flight and truck detail, routing, capacity availability and rates, which cuts out the need to call multiple carriers.

Vincent Ryan, vice president, Global Freight Exchange at Descartes, said: “Our focus is to bring together transport carriers, logistics intermediaries and their customers of various sizes and complexities in shared-services environment using standardized business processes.”

Sander Halkes, export supervisor, VCK Logistics, said: “CargoBooker is a time-saving, easy-to-use tool, which enables us to submit bookings to a large numbers of airlines and helps automate our shipment management process.”

The Descartes GF-X Exchange and Descartes CargoBooker are part of the Descartes Global Logistics Network (GLN), which helps transport providers connect to their trading partners and reliably exchange information. Air cargo carriers and air freight forwarders electronically manage their air shipment lifecycle, including bookings; air waybills; house waybills; status messages; and customs filings, through the Descartes GLN.