27 March 2024


On 26 March, CLECAT’s Air Freight Logistics Institute convened to exchange views on legislative and non-legislative developments in air freight logistics issues.   

Members received a presentation from Davide Scatorchia, Business Development & Optimization Manager at Air Cargo Belgium on the Digital Green Lane project as rolled out at Brussels Airport.  The Digital Green Lane project, supported by the BRUcloud, is a uniform standardized pick-up and delivery process between freight forwarders and ground handling agents.  This means that all freight is being picked up or dropped off at a registered time slot, all freight information is shared digitally throughout the process and all actions during the pick-up and drop off process are registered by the driver on a mobile device. The applications that make this possible are the Slot Booking App, Freight Management App, Acceptance and Delivery App and Digital Desk App. Following the presentation an exchange took place on the demonstrated advantages in operational efficiency at Brussels International Airport and whether the project can be replicated in other EU airports.

Members received a presentation on the upcoming EC workshop on the SAF flexibility mechanism and the possibility to introduce a “book & claim” system  to ensure that ReFuelEU succeeds. The RefuelEU Aviation Regulation (EU) 2023/2045 introduces a phased obligation for fuel suppliers to supply SAF to Union airports (the EU SAF mandate) with the objective of creating a strong ramp-up of the production, supply and uptake of SAF.  Nevertheless, the short to medium term outlook of the Union’s SAF market has some important challenges. Therefore, CLECAT supports, along with other stakeholders, a system which would allow EU fuel suppliers to trade virtual SAF within the EU, ultimately allowing operators to “book and claim” the SAF.  This would allow for more competitive pricing and, and more robust market demand signals that would enable more investment in European SAF production.

Members also received updates on latest developments regarding the implementation of eFreight, One Record and the eFTI Regulation. Unfortunately, the adoption of the final Delegated Acts of the EFTI Regulation has been delayed and unlikely to enter into force before September. Publishing the delegated acts is particularly relevant for the stakeholders as they will provide the first fixed reference version that can be used to test the data sets of the Regulation in practice.