World Cargo Symposium (WCS) 2012
Attended by nearly 1,000 delegates from across the supply chain and sponsored by Malaysian Airlines, WCS 2012 in Kuala Lumpur was a success. A key focus was industry progress on e-air waybill implementation, as well as the need to maintain close collaboration with regulators on cargo security standards. Modernizing the cargo agency program to reflect the evolving environment of the entire supply chain will be on the agenda going forward.
Having increased penetration levels on e-freight to 11.1% on live trade lanes through our collective efforts in 2011, the Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG) is taking the baton. They will be reviewing the roadmap to re-assess how best to achieve our vision of 100% e-freight by end of 2015. Part of this exercise will mean mobilizing the BRICS countries, increasing our advocacy so that regulators (starting with Customs) institute the policies that will facilitate the removal of transport documents. More on e-freight
Working with our industry partners, IATA is focused on achieving the 2012 board target of 15% e-air waybill (e-AWB) penetration. This is a challenging task, as we begin the year at 4.1%, but through industry collaboration we remain confident. The IATA cargo team is at your disposal should you require further advice or guidance in the area of e-AWB implementation. More on the e-Air Waybill
Secure Freight continues to gain interest from governments. After the Australian OTS (Office of Transport Security) formally recognized Secure Freight principles in 2011, IATA is pleased to report that the UK DFT (Department for Transport) have followed suit, illustrating the importance of the program in strengthening aviation security infrastructure. Three pilots have been launched to date in Malaysia (2010) as well as Mexico and Kenya (2011). IATA is in dialogue with Chile and UAE authorities to commence pilots in 2012 while South Africa is preparing their letter of intent. China and Brazil have also shown interest. More on Secure Freight