En­dorse MC99, IATA, FIATA urge states

Re­cently, the In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (IATA) and the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Freight For­warders As­so­ci­a­tions (FIATA) re­leased a joint po­si­tion pa­per call­ing for states to rat­ify the Mon­treal Con­ven­tion 1999 (MC99) treaty to pro­mote tra

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iATA and FIATA em­pha­sised on the re­cently-held World Trade Or­gan­i­sa­tion talks in Bali, where states have been urged to take steps to stim­u­late greater world trade. For those states who have not yet done so, the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of MC99 would be an im­por­tant step in help­ing im­prove the speed, se­cu­rity and ef­fi­ciency of air cargo. MC99 pro­vides the le­gal frame­work for the use of elec­tronic data as a record of car­riage in place of pa­per doc­u­ments, thus paving the way for freight for­warders and air­lines to use the elec­tronic air way­bill and other e-freight doc­u­ments such as the elec­tronic Cargo Se­cu­rity Dec­la­ra­tion.

To­day, over 33 per cent of global trade lanes have fully elec­tronic cus­toms pro­ce­dures. How­ever, wider adop­tion of e-freight can­not take place while some 88 states, mainly in South-East Asia and Africa, have yet to rat­ify MC99. The im­por­tance of this is­sue to gov­ern­ments was em­pha­sised at the 38th ICAO As­sem­bly in Septem­berOc­to­ber, where states passed a res­o­lu­tion urg­ing all re­main­ing states to rat­ify MC99.

Ac­cord­ing to Des Ver­tannes, Global Head of Cargo, IATA, this joint po­si­tion pa­per shows that FIATA and IATA have united to push for­ward with the e-freight agenda.

Im­ple­men­ta­tion of data mes­sag­ing across all trade lanes would in­crease safety and ef­fi­ciency of air cargo ship­ments”

Des Ver­tannes

Global Head of Cargo, IATA

“$6.4 tril­lion of world trade is car­ried by air and the suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of elec­tronic data mes­sag­ing across all trade lanes would dra­mat­i­cally in­crease safety, se­cu­rity, ef­fi­ciency and speed of air cargo ship­ments,” said Ver­tannes.

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