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Hong Kong terminal adopts RFID to streamline air freight

Steve Rogerson
August 9, 2016

Hong Kong’s Asia Airfreight Terminals (AAT) claims to be the first in the region to introduce RFID ULD (unit load device) tags for pre-packed cargo.
The technology aims to streamline the cargo acceptance process at Hong Kong International Airport to achieve higher operational efficiency and time-saving benefits. Previously, operations for cargo acceptance of pre-packed shipments required two levels of manual data entry at the truck dock and identification point (i-point), entering weight and contour for the shipment into the cargo management and supervisory control systems.
With the RFID technology, data entry will only happen once at the truck dock area. Once the tag has been tied on the pre-packed shipment, data will be automatically captured when the shipment passes through the i-point. Overall, this technology speeds up the cargo acceptance process by 45s per shipment.
Data accuracy for the cargo acceptance process is ensured with human errors being eliminated. The general practice of handling ULD tags is by hand-writing, where the cargo acceptance operator writes the shipment information on the ULD tag, including flight number, weight, contour and destination, at the truck dock area. With this technology, the computerised data entry process can ensure the data accuracy throughout the whole cargo acceptance process.
"We are very pleased to have another innovative product brought to our valuable customers in this year,” said Kuah Boon Kiam, general manager of AAT. “This RFID technology could definitely bring a new milestone for the air cargo industry in Hong Kong. Along with our highly reliable cargo operation team, AAT will continue to service our customers with increased efficiency."