Modernizing air cargo communication
The IATA Cargo-XML messaging is emerging as a preferred standard for the electronic communication between airlines and other air cargo stakeholders such as shippers, freight forwarders, ground-handling agents and regulators, as well as customs and security agencies. This new standard is based on multimodal and cross-border messaging and aims to:
An industry strategy
Industry’s call on Cargo Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) was to freeze Cargo-IMP messages by end of 2014, and encourage use of Cargo-XML messages. Cargo-IMP messages can still be used in the industry but IATA stopped enhancing this standard. This implies that:
- The last edition of Cargo-IMP Manual (34th edition) was published at the end of 2014
- New upgrades will only be conducted in the equivalent Cargo-XML Messages
- IATA will only maintain the Cargo-XML Manual and Toolkit
Cargo-XML initiative dimensions
In order to facilitate the industry adoption, a number of initiatives are built around the Cargo-XML standards:
The IATA Cargo-XML Task Force (CXMLTF) develops the Cargo-XML messages and standards by reusing the components from the United Nations Center for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business core component library. The Cargo-XML Manual and Toolkit publishes the Cargo-XML messages, in accordance with the Cargo Services Conference (CSC) Resolution 670 and Recommended Practice 1675.
Cargo-IMP to Cargo-XML migration
In order to facilitate the migration, IATA has also published the conversion guidelines (pdf) between Cargo-IMP and Cargo-XML standards. Read more about the differences between Cargo-IMP and Cargo-XML Messages (pdf).