Descartes launches global air freight service for electronic cargo bookings

by Canadian Shipper

WATERLOO, Ont. — The Descartes CargoBooker, a basic air freight electronic booking service aimed at small- and medium-sized air freight forwarders, has been launched by Descartes Systems Group. This service, part of the Descartes GF-X Exchange, is designed to enable forwarders to access air cargo carrier information to make electronic bookings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, via a simple web browser.

Descartes officials say the CargoBooker can help carriers and forwarders reduce costs, improve efficiency and have better access to real-time information across air cargo carriers. The company also says the CargoBooker can provide efficiency gains through a single web-based point of access to air cargo carrier information, such as product, flight and truck detail, routing, capacity availability and rates, without having to call multiple carriers.

“Our focus is to bring together transportation carriers, logistics intermediaries and their customers of various sizes and complexities in shared-services environment using standardized business processes,” said Vincent Ryan, vice-president, Global Freight Exchange at Descartes. “CargoBooker is designed to reach small and medium-sized air freight forwarders to increase user adoption of electronic bookings in the air cargo industry.”

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

For more information, contact or 416-741-2838 ext 298. Descartes will also be on hand to demonstrate the CargoBooker capabilities at World Cargo Symposium, March 3-6 in Rome, Italy; at Air Cargo 2008 from March 16-18 in Orlando, Fla.; as well as the Descartes Global User Group Conference, April 14-16 at the JW Marriott Buckhead in Atlanta, Ga.

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