A tool to improve processes and performance
Industry MOP adopted as Recommended Practice
IATA members adopted an Industry Master Operating Plan (Industry MOP) as a Recommended Practice at the Cargo Services Conference (CSC) on 9 March 2014. This will provide air cargo stakeholders looking to define, develop or improve their procedures with an industry-endorsed reference available to all.
Defining the supply chain of the future
Originally developed by Cargo 2000 (C2K), the Industry MOP (pdf) maps the processes involved in the planning and movement of cargo from shipper to final customer. Its adoption as Recommended Practice brings to the whole industry a streamlined, harmonized, and quality-oriented process to transport air cargo from end-to-end.
The Recommended Practice will serve as a foundation to define future industry standards and best practices across the supply chain. It also could facilitate discussions with regulators and help business partners to harmonize their processes. According to Des Vertannes, IATA Global Head of Cargo, the Recommended Practice “will also help accelerate adoption of e-AWB and e-freight which were built using the MOP as its foundation”.
In addition to IATA, other leading industry associations like TIACA, the Airport Services Association, the Cool Chain Association, and ULD Care have also endorsed the Industry MOP as a common industry reference. They also agreed to participate in its future governance structure.
C2K transforms and adds new members
Making the MOP an industry standard was one of five objectives in C2K’s current transformation. Other priorities include developing a new set of industry performance measurements, growing the membership and redefining the audit program to give C2K even more relevance for a quality-conscious consumer and shipper.
“Contributing to the improvement and modernization of the air freight industry has been our mission from the beginning, and we consider this a big step in that direction”, said Max Sauberschwarz, Chairman of the C2K Board of Directors. “We are committed to continue and further develop recommendations and tools to help the air cargo mode improve its performance and delivery to its end users”.
C2K membership continues to grow at a fast pace. Six new members have joined since October 2013, including 3 airlines (China Airlines, Avianca and Ethiopian Airlines), the freight forwarding company UTI Spain, Cathay Pacific’s ground handling subsidiary Cathay Pacific Services Ltd and the Peruvian ground handler Talma Servicios Aeroportuarios.