A. General Information

1. Title


2. Status of the project
3. Implementation period of the project/service:
5. Geographical coverage
Regional: Asia and the Pacific
Participating countries: China, Hong Kong, China, Macao, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand
Hub Point: China
6. Participating agencies/entities of the project/service:
a. Development stage
Lead agencies/entities
Other participating agencies/entities
b. Operational stage
Lead agencies/entities (op)
Other participating agencies/entities (op)
CIECC – China, NACCS – Japan, InterCommerce – Philippines, Trade-Van– Chinese Taipei, KTNET – Korea, CrimsonLogic – Singapore, Tradelink – Hong Kong SAR, TEDMEV – Macau SAR, CAT Telecom – Thailand, EDI-I – Indonesia, Dagang Net – Malaysia
7. Main stakeholders/beneficiaries of the project
8. Business process category of the project
Regulatory/official control

B. Lessons Learned

9. Summary description of the project/service
a. Objective(s)
  • To enable secure and reliable transmission of trade and logistics data and documents 
  • To allow inter-connection of network services to provide e-Commerce transaction application services for the trade business community 
  • To create a Pan-Asian portal to enable global B2B connection and communication 
b. Business need for the project (background)
  • Freight forwarders were having difficulty in submitting Air Manifest to Customs due to advance filing scheme 
c. Business process covered*

Exchange of electronic AWB data  

d. Overall architecture and functionalities*
  • Van to Van interconnectivity method 
  • ebXML for interconnectivity protocol 
  • PKI  
  • Proprietary PAA XML for messages 
e. Relevant document/figure
10. Documents and data exchanged via the project

AWB(Air Way Bill) 

11. Data models/databases, proprietary solutions, hybrid approaches
12. Main challenges faced during the project

Due to the change of regulation (submission of Air Manifest by origin country freight forwarder), the needs from the freight forwarder had decreased.

13. Lessons learned from the project

Cross-border trade data and document exchange are highly correlated with regulatory requirements.

14. Main benefit(s) of the project
Enhanced regulatory compliance*
Transaction Cost savings*
Transaction Time savings
Simplified process
14A. Elaborations/detailed description on benefits gained

In Korea, a freight forwarder of destination country had to report Air Manifest prior to arrival of airplane. Considering that most flight from South Asian economies are departing around midnight, the collection of AWB and capturing data for Air Manifest submission was a hard work for a freight forwarder. PAA had introduced a PAA AWB service collecting AWB data from the origin country freight forwarder and sending the data to a freight forwarder in importing country. Value added service was also provided to a freight forwarder in importing country which was to convert the AWB data into Air Manifest and automatically submitted it to Customs simplifying a manual submission work process of a freight forwarder.  

15. Technical/financial/capacity building/other assistance


16. Future plan for expansion of the project
17. Other information or relevant references on the project
18. Relevant document regarding the project

C. Relevant Standards

20. Electronic message standard
20A. Electronic message standard supporting the project
- Other XML format: PAA XML
20B. Type of standard for electronic message applied for the project
Proprietary solution
Proprietary solution was applied because:
- No relevant international standard
- No need for standard because it is purely a commercial product
21. Technical communication standard
21A. Technical communication standard supporting the project
ebMS (ebXML)
21B. Type of technical communication standard applied for the project
International standard
22. Security-related standards*
22A. Security-related standard supporting the project
22B. Type of security-related standard applied for the project
Proprietary solution
Proprietary solution was applied because:
- No relevant international standard
23. Other Technical Information
23A. Interface developed for data exchange with an internal system
23B. Other technical implementation information