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Air Mail Board (AMB)

​​​​The Air Mail Board (AMB) is responsible for all matters dealing with the movement of mail by air, with the exception of issues related to airmail rates and charges. AMB works closely with international organizations such as the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and the International Post Corporation (IPC). Members of the AMB are also members of the joint working group IATA-UPU Contact Committee, which works under the umbrella of the IATA-UPU Memorandum of Understanding (pdf). 

Electronic data interchange (EDI)

Check out the new joint UPU-IATA-IPC Brochure (pdf) promoting the use of electronic data interchange (EDI) in the air mail business. 


These collaborative efforts have produced:

  • A model Framework for a Postal Service Agreement (pdf) that is a template setting out standard provisions on the technical and liability aspects of a bilateral agreement between an airline and a Designated Postal Operator (DPO) to provide transportation services for mail
  • Joint UPU-IATA-IPC Brochure (pdf) promoting the use of electronic data interchange (EDI) in the air mail business
  • Standards and procedures concerning the handling of mail which are included as recommendations in the IATA’s Airport Handling Manual
  • The AMB elaborated in conjunction with the UPU the Alarm Resolutions, when prohibited items are inserted in the mail; that  will be incorporated into the Airport Handling Manual, 37th Edition in 2017
  • Multiple options for sending security data to customs at destination in regards to the upcoming requirement from the European Commission to file the pre-arrival Advance Cargo Information (ACI)
  • The Guidelines for the use of the Postal Air Waybill (PAWB) number (pdf) that will hopefully help bridge the gap between mail and cargo


AMB develops and maintains standards, guidelines and procedures related to the carriage of air mail:
  • It promotes the use of EDI in the air mail business
  • Creation of joint workshop with the UPU for the mapping of CARDIT and FWB messages
  • It provides guidelines for the use of the Postal Air Waybill number
  • It includes a requirements for the parties involved to ensure that no explosive, incendiary and prohibited items are inserted in the mail
  • It defines safety requirements, especially referring to Lithium Batteries in air mail
  • It clarifies security and customs requirements, such as the provision of ACI and help carriers to implement the most effective solution for sending pre-arrival ACI
  • It asks the required parties to cooperate in the development of training programs and awareness
  • It ensures collaboration with the UPU for responding efficiently to the demand for eCommerce solutions (Track & Trace, Capacity, Booking…etc.)

The standards and procedures developed by the AMB are included as recommendations in the IATA’s Airport Handling Manual.

Meeting schedule

The AMB normally meets twice a year: in March at the IATA World Cargo Symposium (WCS) and in October at the UPU Conference in Berne.


The AMB consists of up to 12 Members appointed by the Cargo Services Conference (CSC), each being an expert in the airmail field. The current AMB Chairman is Jason Dacosta (Air Canada).


  • Secretary
    Andre Majeres
    Manager, Cargo & Mail Operations and Standards

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