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Cargo Agency Modernization Program

The objective of the Cargo Agency Modernization Program is to reengineer the Cargo Agency Program to ensure it meets the needs of today’s air cargo community, ensuring mutual benefits for airline and forwarders alike. 


  • Simplifying the Governance Structure reduces the administrative requirement to manage the program
  • Given > 80% of transactions are performed by forwarders acting as principals, the proposed Cargo Agency and Air Cargo programs better clarifies and validates the business through a buyer/seller relationship
  • Potential to achieve key goals within industry cargo priorities by establishing the IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program

CAMP Value Proposition (pdf)

Key Highlights

  • The current Cargo Agency Program will be replaced by the new IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program and it will be governed by IATA-FIATA Governance Board (IFGB)
  • The IFGB will consist of a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 members and it shall include an IATA constituency and a FIATA constituency with up to six members to be appointed respectively by each Association 
  • The CASS remains under the jurisdiction of the Cargo Agency Conference
  • Future regional/national Joint Councils, will be established to discuss and submit proposals to the IATA-FIATA Governance Board (IFGB) or respective CASS to the Cargo Agency Conference, replacing the dozens of ICAPs which have been established locally

The chart below provides more details on the proposed changes:



8 agency programs (incl. 4 Intermediary Programs)

1 Global Air Cargo Program  jointly managed by IATA and FIATA

Cargo Committee and Cargo Agency Conference advises strategic direction

IATA- FIATA Governance Board advises strategic direction of  IATA FIATA Air Cargo Program

CASS settlement

CASS settlement

Diverse local, regional, global governance
(including over 100 local carrier groups)

9 Regional/National Joint councils (Canada, LATAM, Europe including Russia, India, China, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Australia including New Zealand and South Pacific)

Conference adopted Resolutions

Global Air Cargo Program governed by IATA / FIATA Governance Board
CASS governed by Cargo Agency Conference

Conflict with forwarding community caused by  ambiguous rules and terms

Clearly defined roles and responsibilities

Agency based accreditation standards

Customer based accreditation standards

  • The membership and endorsement of a Freight Forwarder under the IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program will require the Freight Forwarder to sign the Freight Forwarder Agreement and the CASS Participation Agreement 
  • Current program participants will be provided with a new Freight Forwarder Agreement and CASS Participation Agreement, and upon completion and receipt of agreements will join the IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program
  • Ready for carriage conditions, operational criteria (e.g. DGR training requirements) and best business practices (e.g. cargo standards) will be referenced in the IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program Handbook, helping to raise the airline and freight forwarder’s awareness of their responsibilities and their compliance to agreed operational requirements


Next Steps

  • Obtain the endorsement from the Cargo Committee on the latest development of CAMP
  • Sign the IATA-FIATA Cooperation Agreement and establish IFGB
  • Complete the development of the IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program by IFGB
  • Hold special CAConf to adopt the new CASS participation rules, rescind plan for the current resolutions and endorse the IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program
  • Launch the new program after completion of the pilot in a selected country/region

Additional information

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