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IATA Cargo-XML Messaging Adoption Grows

The Programme

The e-Air Waybill (e-AWB) project is set to achieve 15% global penetration by the end of 2012. The Cargo eXtensible Markup Language (Cargo-XML) standards are a crucial component to the successful implementation of e-AWB.

To assess the readiness of the industry to adopt Cargo-XML, IATA conducted a series of surveys with member airlines and ground handling agents (GHAs).
The results reveal a positive trend towards industry adoption of IATA Cargo-XML Message messaging standards.


Airline Survey

IATA conducted an airline survey in coordination with the IATA Cargo Services Conference (CSC). A total of 36 airlines participated in the survey.

Survey Results:

• 14% are currently using XML messages
• 44% are planning to move to XML in the next 2-3 years
• The most widely used Cargo-XML messages include Waybill, Flight Manifest, House Waybill, and Invoice messages

View the complete Airline Survey results (pdf)

GHA Survey

IATA conducted a GHA survey in coordination with the IATA Ground Handling Council (IGHC). Seventy GHAs participated in the survey. 

Survey Results:

• 23% are currently using XML  messages
• 45% are planning to adopt XML in the next 2-3 years
• The most widely used Cargo-XML messages include Waybill, House Waybill and House Manifest messages

View the complete GHA Survey results (pdf)

XML provides a powerful and standardized approach for describing, capturing, processing and publishing business information and has become a widespread mechanism for structuring and exchanging data in many industries. Amongst its many benefits, it reduces the cost of infrastructure and communication as well as the support and maintenance costs.

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