essDOCS' revealing recipe at the Congress
essDOCS, IT partner and developer of the electronic FIATA Bill of Lading (eFBL), made a big splash at this year's Istanbul FIATA World Congress, showcasing the newly-launched eFBL solution and its wide range of capabilities. essDOCS COO, Marina Comninos, delivered two engaging presentations for FIATA's Advisory Body of Legal Matters (ABLM) and FIATA’s newly re-established Advisory Body Information Technology (ABIT).
Ms. Comninos' ABIT presentation extended beyond just words and included a live demo of essDOCS' cornerstone solution, CargoDocs, through which the entirely digitized version of the FIATA Bill of Lading – or eFBL – is currently available and ready for live implementation by interested shippers. The audience was clearly impressed by the versatility on offer via CargoDocs, as Ms. Comninos demonstrated how a shipment can be coordinated utilizing the solution.
Playing multiple roles in the trade chain, the presenter highlighted the functions of the different stakeholders typically involved in the movement of a shipment, such as banks, consignee and consignor. Stakeholders have the ability to log in and out of the system and perform all the necessary checks and tasks, replicating the traditional paper process through an intuitive, easy-to-use digital environment. The demonstration also crucially revealed the system’s capabilities in ensuring that electronic documents fully comply with all necessary legal, authentication and safety standards throughout the entire delivery process.
With much interest stirred up among the delegates in attendance, the ABIT meeting was followed by many insightful discussions on CargoDocs’ potential and real-world applications, with FIATA making it clear to the delegation that CargoDocs is now open to interested shippers and forwarders looking to implement the solution into their day-to-day business.
Hans Günther Kersten, Director General
FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations was founded in Vienna, Austria on May 31, 1926. It is a non-governmental organization that today represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing around 8-10 million people in some 160 countries. FIATA has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (inter alia ECE, ESCAP, ESCWA), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). It is recognized as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organizations, governmental authorities, private international organizations in the field of transport such as the European Commission (through CLECAT), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Union of Railways (UIC), the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the World Customs Organization (WCO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), etc.
30 October 2014