Database of real-time cargo rates exceed eight million for the first time
Kintetsu World Express (KWE) has signed a contract for its operations in 10 countries in Europe and South Africa to use OAG Cargo’s Airfreight Rates (AFRA) application to distribute and search for real-time worldwide cargo rates.
This latest development comes as the total number of airfreight rates published by AFRA exceeds eight million for the first time. In total, 650 airlines have published tariffs on the site. This information is accessed regularly by over 10,400 users from 1,265 offices worldwide.
Thomas Weppelmann, Director Business Development EA Region, Kintetsu World Express (3rd from left) commented ‘By expanding our usage of AFRA into an additional seven countries will enable us to build excellent working relationships within our KWE group and our customers as a global logistics partner’.
Bart Jan Haasbeek, Director Key Accounts at OAG Cargo, commented: ‘Kintetsu has been a customer of AFRA in Germany, the UK, Netherlands and Belgium and with this new agreement, it is extending its use of the application to also include the Czech Republic, France, Ireland, Italy, South Africa, Switzerland and Sweden. This clearly demonstrates the value the company is deriving from using AFRA as a single source of rate information in terms of making management decisions and increasing the productivity of its staff. The rapid growth of AFRA shows that cargo agents and airlines see the application as their preferred way of managing rates both now and for the future.’
AFRA enables freight forwarders to make informed decisions about their cargo shipments. Rates previously distributed by airlines in a wide variety of formats including mail, email with attachments and fax are now accessible through a single web-based application. This enables users to search for all rates, including general, contract, ad hoc and net rates, to view and compare all rates in one place and view historical, current and future rates.
The Air Freight Rates application is part of the total cargo portal solution offered by OAG Cargo. Its Inforwarding Announcements service that enables airlines to publish time sensitive operational announcements to freight forwarders and is now live in 24 countries and states in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia with further countries due to be added. In total, there are over 25,000 registered users of the Announcements service. The portal also provides route building, schedules, truck service points and rates and analysis tools as well as regulations governing the carriage by air of dangerous goods shipments.