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Cargo-XML Toolkit

Bringing air cargo messaging to the 21st century

Aviation bodies such as the  Cargo Committee, Cargo Services and Cargo Agency Conferences have endorsed Cargo- XML messages as the new standard for air cargo industry electronic messaging, as an alternative to Cargo-IMP.

IATA’s Cargo-XML Toolkit provides the new standard for the electronic exchange of information for the air cargo industry. This toolkit is used by technical experts developing open and flexible XML applications for automating electronic transactions or messages.  The purpose is to ensure uniformity, mutual understanding, accuracy and economy in electronic data exchanges. 

Cargo-XML messages are used for electronic communication between airlines and other air cargo supply chain stakeholders, such as shippers, freight forwarders, ground-handling agents, regulators as well as customs and security agencies.

New technology brings new benefits

Cargo-XML messages modernizes the old Cargo-IMP messages by leveraging new technology for maximum benefit: 

  • Reduces the cost of development, transmission, maintenance and support
  • Facilitates implementation of e-AWB, e-Freight and Advance Electronic Information (AEI)
  • Enables greater participation of SME in e-commerce throughout the logistics chain
  • Provides business rules to improve efficiency and compliance with regulations, such as AEI
  • Improves data quality and allows for a quicker respons to frequently changing requirements
  • Facilitates direct exchange of data by providing easy implementation between partners
  • Promotes use of a common, universally accepted standard in the supply chain
  • Compatible with the standards of other industry bodies, such as the World Customs Organization (WCO)

 The IATA Cargo-XML Toolkit 2nd edition includes everything you need to get going:

  • An interactive client application with auto-update functionality within a given edition 
  • Cargo-XML message specifications and schema for 15 messages
  • Business rules
  • Mapping with Cargo-IMP
  • Message layout and examples
  • Relevant code lists
  • Message history and version management tools
  • User capabilities and industry scorecard
  • FAQs
  • Downloadable schemas nd other supporting documents
  • The IATA Cargo-IMP Manual (33rd edition)
  • A support section and access to IATA experts

For more information & to order your toolkit

Regular price: US $999
Aditional adoption and volume discounts available where applicable. Contact for complete pricing details.

If you are an IT solutions provider or offer message brokering services, please contact for licensing terms and pricing.


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