IATA charts out key so­lu­tions

DIGI­TI­SA­TION, TRADE FA­CIL­I­TA­TION, SAFETY AND PEO­PLE DE­VEL­OP­MENT were the top agenda at IATA - WCS 2018. The sym­po­sium was held in Dal­las.

Cargo Talk - - International -

The In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (IATA) high­lighted four pri­or­i­ties for the fu­ture suc­cess of the air cargo in­dus­try; ac­cel­er­at­ing the digi­ti­sa­tion of the sup­ply chain, en­forc­ing reg­u­la­tions for lithium bat­ter­ies, more ef­fi­cient trade fa­cil­i­ta­tion and de­vel­op­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of air cargo lead­ers. “Air cargo had an ex­cep­tional year in 2017 with nine per cent growth. And, we ex­pect a very healthy 4.5 per cent ex­pan­sion of de­mand in 2018. There are great op­por­tu­ni­ties in e-com­merce and the move­ment of time-and-tem­per­a­ture sen­si­tive goods such as phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals. The air cargo in­dus­try has agreed to fo­cus on these key ar­eas and we must fol­low through,” said

Glyn Hughes, Global Head - Cargo, IATA. The in­dus­try has been pur­su­ing a dig­i­tal process trans­for­ma­tion known as e-freight for over a decade. A key el­e­ment of e-freight is the mar­ket adop­tion of the e-air way­bill (eAWB). Global pen­e­tra­tion has nearly reached 53 per cent and the in­dus­try is tar­get­ing 68 per cent by year-end on en­abled trade lanes. IATA is fa­cil­i­tat­ing and sup­port­ing the mod­erni­sa­tion and trans­for­ma­tion process through its in­dus­try trans­for­ma­tion pro­gram; Simplifying the Busi­ness (StB) Cargo.

SMARTER AND MORE EF­FI­CIENT BOR­DERS

It took an av­er­age of 141 days to clear goods through cus­toms con­trols in 2017 (with sig­nif­i­cant re­gional vari­a­tion), ac­cord­ing to IATA’s Cargo IQ sta­tis­tics. In par­tic­u­lar IATA is press­ing for gov­ern­ments to im­ple­ment three im­por­tant global stan­dards:

The Mon­treal Con­ven­tion 1999 (MC99)

Re­vi­sions to the Ky­oto Con­ven­tion of the World Cus­toms Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Trade Fa­cil­i­ta­tion Agree­ment.

AT­TRACT, RE­TAIN AND DE­VELOP TAL­ENT

IATA’s Fu­ture Air Cargo Ex­ec­u­tives (FACE) pro­gramme aims at at­tract­ing, re­tain­ing and de­vel­op­ing a di­verse pool of young pro­fes­sion­als to pre­pare them to be­come the next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers in the cargo in­dus­try.

SIG­NIF­I­CANT STEP FOR­WARD IN THE DIGI­TI­SA­TION OF THE DAN­GER­OUS GOODS SUP­PLY CHAIN

The as­so­ci­a­tion has also taken a sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward in the dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion of the dan­ger­ous goods sup­ply chain fol­low­ing the adop­tion of the e-Dan­ger­ous Goods Dec­la­ra­tion (e-DGD) stan­dards. The ben­e­fits of im­ple­ment­ing the e-DGD with clearly de­fined data gov­er­nance in­clude im­proved trans­parency, trace­abil­ity and data qual­ity. The e-DGD was de­vel­oped through the IATA Cargo Ser­vices Con­fer­ence with key sup­port pro­vided by four proof of con­cept part­ners; Air France-KLM Cargo, Lufthansa Cargo, Swiss WorldCargo and Car­go­logic con­firm­ing in­dus­try re­quire­ments.

IATA INNOVATES DAN­GER­OUS GOODS HAN­DLING

IATA has launched an in­no­va­tive new so­lu­tion for the air cargo in­dus­try: Dan­ger­ous Goods Au­toCheck (DG Au­toCheck) that will en­hance safety and im­prove ef­fi­ciency in the trans­port of dan­ger­ous goods by air and sup­port the in­dus­try’s goal of a fully dig­i­tized sup­ply chain.

Global pen­e­tra­tion has nearly reached 53% and the in­dus­try is tar­get­ing 68% by year-end

Glyn Hughes Global Head - Cargo IATA

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