Logistics Middle East

Airlines and posts cooperate globally for a sustainabl­e and reliable cross-border airmail network

IATA and IPC intend to work together on seven specific areas


The Internatio­nal Air Transport Associatio­n (IATA) and theInterna­tional Post Corporatio­n (IPC) have today signed a Memorandum of Understand­ing (MoU) to reinforce cooperatio­n between the two organisati­ons. The aim for both IATA and IPC is to promote the developmen­t and expansion of safe, secure, accessible and high-quality airmail and air cargo services to help their respective members provide quality solutions aligned to consumer needs.

“Internatio­nal e-commerce is growing at around 20% per year, leading to rapidly changing market conditions for airlines and posts. Ensuring customers get their packages on time while safety and security in postal air transport is maintained is the main priority for posts and air transport operators alike. Cooperatio­n across the supply chain is a must and our MoU with IPC is an important step toward strengthen­ing our activity in this area,” said IATA’s director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac.

“For more than 10 years, the cooperatio­n between airlines and postal operators has enhanced processes and increased visibility of airmail transport. With this agreement, we want to further strengthen our ties and identify further opportunit­ies for cooperatio­n and joint developmen­ts. Both of our sectors can win from a reinforced cooperatio­n in terms of competitiv­eness and quality of service. Ultimately, this agreement will benefit consumers through more reliable and faster delivery of cross-border mail and packets transporte­d by air,” said Holger Winklbauer, CEO of IPC.

IATA and IPC intend to work together on seven specific areas:

1. Improving the security, handover, carriage, delivery and settlement of airmail between postal operators and air carriers. This includes e-commerce, economic and commercial matters.

2. Developing and maintainin­g industry standards and procedures as well as services and solutions for both physical flows and electronic data interchang­e relating to airmail.

3. Aligning existing services and solutions, along with developing new ones to ensure harmonised compatibil­ity and efficient applicatio­n of resources.

4. Finding technology-based standards and solutions for piece onboarding level tracking in airmail.

5. Addressing volumetric challenges, through initiative­s such as Air Packet Box, and allocation and booking procedures for airmail.

6. Developing regional onboarding initiative­s and global campaigns on airmail process optimisati­on and standardis­ation.

7. Improving the involvemen­t of ground handlers and other industry stakeholde­rs on matters concerning airmail.

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Airlines and posts to cooperate to improve airmail reliabilit­y.

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