In 2007, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) initiated the IATA e-freight project, which aims to take paper out of the air supply chain, replacing them with electronic messages to reduce costs, improve transit times, accuracy and the competitiveness of airfreight.
In 2010, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) started the e-freight@Singapore initiative to facilitate and promote business re-engineering efforts and integrate the air cargo and logistics supply chain through the adoption of paperless air freight documentation. CAAS launched the e-freight@Singapore initiative with a memorandum of Understanding (MOU) involving CAAS, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), International Air Transport Association (IATA), SAAA@Singapore, Singapore Logistics Association (SLA) and Singapore National Shippers’ Council (SNSC).
Presently, e-freight@Singapore partners include government agencies such as the IDA, Singapore Customs, Economic Development Board (EDB), SPRING Singapore as well as industry partners such as SAAA@Singapore, SLA, SNSC, IATA, Changi Airport Group (CAG), Singapore Airlines Cargo (SQC), Singapore Airport Terminal Services (SATS) and dnata Singapore.
In November 2010, CAAS, CAG and the Schiphol Nederland B.V (SNBV) also signed an MOU to strengthen the collaboration on e-freight and to promote air cargo traffic between Singapore and the Netherlands.