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Chevrons What's Hot
Chevrons IATA e-freight
Chevrons Cargo Safety
Chevrons Cargo Security
Chevrons CASS Passes 50...
Chevrons Cargo 2000
Chevrons Dangerous Goods Solutions

Chevrons Purpose of TRACKER

Welcome to this first edition of TRACKER: The IATA Cargo Newsletter.

The purpose of TRACKER is to give you regular information on the status of the IATA Cargo agenda.

IATA Cargo's purpose is to bring simplicity and efficiency to the air cargo industry. We aim to achieve this by delivering the following challenging agenda: e-freight, active support of Cargo 2000, CASS, Security, Safety and Standards.


Chevrons What's Hot: IATA Cargo Team in place

Delivering a challenging IATA Cargo agenda for e-freight, CASS, security and safety demands a strong and credible team.

So, that’s been one of my top priorities for my first year at IATA.

I’m pleased to say we now have a strong, multicultural IATA Cargo Leadership team in place, with business and commercial know-how spanning the air cargo supply chain.

So, let me introduce the team to you:

- Guillaume Drucy joined IATA in November 2005 as Assistant Director of Cargo Programmes, having worked for Global Freight Exchange (GF-X) and Schneider Electric. Recently, I asked Guillaume to assume the role of Head of e-freight Implementation.

- John Edwards, from British Airways, joined IATA in July 2006 as Head of Cargo Security.

- Glyn Hughes, from Air Europe, joined IATA in June 1991. As Director of Cargo Distribution, Glyn leads our global CASS and Agency Programmes.

- Steve Smith joined IATA in April 2006 from British Airways World Cargo as Director of Cargo Safety and Standards.

- Serge Pauporté will join IATA in October 2006 as Regional Cargo Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Serge’s diverse logistics chain experience includes nearly 10 years with FedEx.

- Peter Chong, from Sabre Airline Solutions, joined IATA on 1 October 2004 as Regional Cargo Director, Asia Pacific.

- Ricardo Lehmacher, from Aerolineas Argentinas, joined IATA in June 2001 as Regional Cargo Director, Americas.

- Jens Tubbesing joined IATA and CNS (subsidiary of IATA) in August 2006 as President of CNS Corporation. Jens has 25 years of industry experience. His most recent role was President and CEO for ABX Logistics in the USA and Canada. Jens has also held positions with Schenker and AEI.

- Mohammad Hayat, from Emirates, joined IATA in April 2005 as Assistant Director of Cargo Tariffs.

Tune in regularly to the IATA Tracker: the Cargo Newsletter, and hear about the team’s progress delivering the IATA Cargo agenda.

Aleks Popovich
Head of Cargo at IATA


Chevrons IATA e-freight

Based on work undertaken thus far, supported by the industry action working groups, the IATA e-freight project is moving into a critical phase.

In brief, the IATA e-freight strategy for 2006 focuses on 4 main priorities:

(1) Secure commitment of 5 e-freight pilot countries / locations
(2) Launch an EDI Message Improvement Programme
(3) Motivate all parties in the supply chain to be actively involved and participate going forward
(4) Engage the vendor community to enable e-freight

We have already assessed 12 country / locations and will now be following up on each of these to secure 5 commitments.

The IATA e-freight Strategy Paper is now available on the IATA StB portal. This document is a good source of information regarding the status of the project and the strategy for the coming year, including the structure of the IATA Local Implementation Programmes, which are scheduled to begin in Q1 2007.

The IATA e-freight Vendor Information Pack was released in July 2006. The purpose of the pack is to inform and identify potential commercial suppliers of global technical solutions for IATA e-freight. The response has been positive. To date, 21 vendors have been identified as potential suppliers of enabling e-freight technology.

As you may be aware, the IATA e-freight project is a component of the IATA Simplifying the Business Programme.

The IATA Simplifying the Business Newsletter can be found through the StB business portal at

In the Simplifying the Business Newsletter, you will receive up-to-date reports on how the e-freight project is developing, and how you can participate.

In future monthly StB Newsletters, you will be hearing more about each of the critical tasks highlighted above. We welcome your feedback.

If you would like to appear on the distribution list of the StB Newsletter, please subscribe through the newsletter.


Chevrons Cargo Safety

At IATA, the goal is to deliver the same high levels of cargo safety standards as those achieved in passenger operations. An analysis of all 2005 aircraft accidents helped the Safety team determine the underlying causes of cargo airplane accidents. According to the results of the analysis, IATA needs to ensure greater industry focus on cargo safety across all regions.

The knowledge and experience of the Safety & Operations team in passenger operations indicate that implementing the IOSA programme for cargo-only carriers is critical to improving cargo safety. One of the key objectives for 2006 is for all IATA Cargo operators to meet the IATA deadline for the IOSA programme and schedule an IOSA audit by the end of 2006.

In September, we will initiate a safety campaign for the Cargo IOSA programme with the non-IATA cargo operators. At same time, we will promote the STEADES (Safety Trend Evaluation, Analysis & Data Exchange System) programme for incident analysis and the FDA (Flight Data Analysis) programme for the enhancement of normal operations to all cargo operators. This campaign will help IATA to obtain a comprehensive view of the issues facing the industry and permit it to respond with proactive solutions.


Chevrons Cargo Security

For a considerable period, Shawn Gerber, from the Security & Facilitation team within Safety, Operations & Infrastructure, managed cargo security very competently, alongside his many other responsibilities. However, in recognition of its increasing profile and workload, a new lead role was created within IATA Cargo in late 2005. John Edwards, previously with British Airways Corporate Security, was duly appointed and joined IATA in July.

A cargo security strategy, work plan and governance structure are currently being developed.

Customs security requirements have similarly grown in breadth and complexity, and our representation within related EU stakeholder consultations has been enhanced.

For more information, please contact John Edwards at


Chevrons CASS Passes 50…

With the launch of CASS Jordan, IATA celebrates the 51st country covered by CASS. With a further 8 countries in the final stages of system testing, the CASS network expansion programme is well on its way towards meeting the target of 70 countries.

Carrier participation continues to grow and we look set for another record-breaking year. For the first six months of 2006, over 8 million transactions have been processed through CASS, with a combined settlement value in excess of USD 9 billion.

CASSlink, the interactive web-based global processing tool, continues to be enhanced in order to meet customer and local legislative requirements. Current major developments include CASS Import and Stock control modules.

For more information, please contact Glyn Hughes at, or Rene Portal at


Chevrons Cargo 2000 – the true test of quality

Cargo 2000 is eliminating fragmentation in the worldwide air cargo industry and delivering a common platform that brings together reliability, predictability and proactive shipment management with reduced costs and improved customer satisfaction. Through the publication of performance data and by simplifying the number of milestones in the air cargo chain, Cargo 2000 is giving the users of air cargo services an accurate quality benchmark on which to base their buying decisions.

Cargo 2000 is measuring the performance of airlines and freight forwarders on the world’s busiest commercial routes. In July 2006, performance data was measured on over 55,000 trade lanes and against the creation of 355,000 route maps responsible for the transportation of over 31,000 shipments.

Cargo 2000 and IATA e-freight are committed to working together on the StB e-freight project and on Phase 3 of Cargo 2000.

To find out more, visit:


Chevrons Dangerous Goods Solutions

HOT Off the Press!
The air transport supply chain relies on IATA Cargo content for the safe, expeditious movement of goods.

Coming soon!

- 2007 Dangerous Goods Regulations: recognised by shippers, forwarders and airlines as the only instruction manual for the safe transport of hazardous materials anywhere in the world (available 1 October 2007)
- New! e-CargoIMP: CargoIMP will be re-launched as an e-reference with value-added features for the user

Recent 2006 launches:

- Perishable Cargo Manual: now recognised as the global standard for transport of time and temperature-sensitive cargo
- ULD Technical Manual: the only comprehensive guide on the manufacture and the use of ULDs
- Live Animals Regulations: the definitive resource for the efficient, safe transport of live animals

Contact IATA today for your copy of this and other essential content for the informed logistics professional! Log on to or e-mail:

New DGR products!

Shipping Medical Radioactive Material Awareness DVD
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IATA Dangerous Goods: An Introduction
Finally! A booklet for logistics professionals who need basic dangerous goods awareness

IATA Dangerous Goods Quick Reference Guide -- Italian

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• Dangerous Goods Training

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