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Outcomes from Cargo Services Conference (CSC/40)

The Cargo Services Conference develops and maintains cargo standards aligned with industry developments and Cargo Committee priority issues and seeks to develop relevant industry solutions in response. It met as part of the IATA World Cargo Symposium (WCS) in Dallas, Texas, USA on the 11th of March 2018. 

The Conference set the scene for discussions that happened throughout the WCS. Modernization of air cargo is truly at the heart of the event, with improving visibility and transparency as the way to improving the end to end journey.

Highlights

The Conference endorsed four policy items which provide a strategy and framework for implementing key initiatives. 

They also approved nine voting items aligned to the AGM Resolution on Air Cargo Modernization. 

 The CSC work plan was quite extensive, highlights include: 

  • An electronic shipper’s declaration for dangerous goods (e-DGD) policy item was endorsed, providing a basis for 3 ongoing proof of concepts in modernizing dangerous goods shipping documentation processes. This will improve process efficiency and reduce errors and delays. Find out more in the e-DGD press release
  • A second policy item on the electronic ULD Control Receipt was also endorsed, paving the way for improved ULD Control and transparency.
  • A policy item on Smart Facility Operational Capacity was endorsed, which will aim to provide visibility and transparency on operational capacity in cargo facilities globally. 
  • A common data sharing standard approach called “ONE Record” was also endorsed by Conference. This initiative aims to enable an end-to-end digital logistics and transport supply chain where data is easily and transparently exchanged in a digital ecosystem of air cargo stakeholders, communities and data platforms.
  • A new recommended practice on electronic consignment security declarations for air mail was approved, providing one method for exchanging this critical information electronically.
  • A new recommended practice on Piece Level Tracking in air cargo. Anticipated and supported by the industry, the new standard provides the basic recommendations on business processes and requirements to track individual pieces in air cargo.
  • Approved changes to the Air Waybill and eAir Waybill resolutions and recommended practices to confirm that eAWB is the preferred and default process. With more than 50% of the shipments using a digital shipment record, the e-AWB performance and the growing number of e-AWB stakeholder demonstrates that the industry is ready to embrace the digitalization of the industry. This will come in to effect on 1st of January 2019. This significant milestone brings air cargo into the digital era where digital processes will be the norm and paper processes will be the exception.


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