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
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”
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.