Firstly, I would like to congratulate WebCargo who was awarded the prize as the 2020 Best IT Solution for the air cargo industry.

It is a great pleasure to be a part of a community where strides to enhance and improve our industry through the most challenging of times are being made, and to have our contributions nominated for industry awards means a lot to the whole PayCargo team.

Our online payment platform has been leading industry transformation with its efforts to digitize the supply chain payment landscape in collaboration with other areas of the value chain and it was a privilege to be nominated for the top Information Technology (IT) prize by readers of Air Cargo Week (ACW).

We were judged to be one of the leading providers of Information Technology for the Air Cargo Industry for understanding and responding to the needs of the market, and for making IT more accessible to the airfreight community.

PayCargo’s further innovation and new product development were also recognized.

Our overarching objective is to modernize the supply chain to facilitate the movement of freight to secure a sustainable future for the industry that supports a growing and healthy global economy.

We have been busy expanding the network and launching new partnerships and services to do just that, and it is great to have our efforts recognized in this way.

Being nominated for this award was an honor and it gave us time to reflect on the developments that we have been a part of over the past twelve months.

PayCargo has been involved in a series of firsts, launches, and new partnerships since the beginning of 2020.

Earlier in the year, we were involved in the launch of the first air cargo community system in the USA, at Atlanta Airport, and also launched the first dedicated online payment service supporting Canadian dollar transactions in Canada.

PayCargo also teamed up with Accelya, Champ, IBS Software, Kale Logistics and Unisys to broaden access to contactless digital payment services and has just announced a collaboration with Nexshore to demonstrate the very first payment capability for the International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s One Record initiative.

We were uniquely placed to support the air cargo community during the Covid-19 crisis, by launching a free communication service via our payment platform allowing Vendors to share key information such as schedule changes and new capacity options with the 19,000 plus Payers using our system.

It is not our core business, but we have been pleased to be able to play our part in helping the industry to keep the supply chain moving during difficult times.

ACW’s World Air Cargo Awards 2020 (WACA 2020) event was due to be held during the Air Cargo China show in Shanghai in June, which was cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Now in their 13 edition, the Awards are judged in two stages, with ACW’s global readership voting for the winners from a shortlist of nominated companies.