The primary objective of the COTB is to develop and maintain standards for operations, technology, procedures, documentation and flow of information relating to the air cargo business.
- Technical standard and procedures for the correct completion of the air waybill
- Standards for the application of automatic identification technology (including bar coding, imaging, RFID, wireless technologies)
- Technical and procedural standards for Cargo XML
- Standards for other documents, procedures and processes supporting the air cargo business
- Guidance and assistance to non-airline participants in the air cargo business
- Liase with industry & regulatory bodies on matters such as the Master Operating Plan
- Ensure the delegated CSC Resolutions and Recommended Practices align to industry requirements
Face-to-face meetings are held only when necessary. Tasks are completed using electronic means and/or conference calls as much as possible.
COTB consists of up to 12 members appointed by the Cargo Services Conference (CSC), each being an expert in cargo procedures and/or automation.
COTB has the following subgroups:
- Cargo Data Interchange Task Force (CDITF)
- Cargo WirelessTechnology Advisory Group (CWTAG)
- Cargo XML Task Force (CXMLTF)
- e-AWB Advisory Group (e-AWBAG)
- e-Freight Central Action Group (e-CAG)
- e-House Manifest Task Force (e-HMTF)
- Electronic Consignment Security Declaration Advisory Group (e-CSDAG)
- Electronic Technical Advisory Group (e-TAG)
- e-Message Improvement Advisory Group (e-MIPAG)