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Cargo-XML Standards


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:

Cargo-XML Manual and Toolkit Cargo-XML Autocheck ACI advocacy
(Customs & Security)
Strategic Partnership Events and workshops Training & consultancy


Cargo-XML messages

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).

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