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Customs Advisory Group

The Customs Advisory Group (CUSAG) was established by the Cargo Committee to develop a more proactive relationship with customs administrations.


The primary objectives of CUSAG are as follows:

  • Ensure that customs requirements will take full account of the interests and constraints of the airline industry
  • Guarantee that customs requirements are compatible with existing international Customs standards (i.e. WCO) and industry standards (i.e. IATA, ICAO)
  • Focus on advanced electronic cargo reporting requirements for risk assessment purposes

CUSAG actions

  • Review and endorse IATA Positions related to Customs
  • Report Customs requirements with challenging compliance issues
  • Assess and identify appropriate responses to Customs issues
  • Lobby, consult and dialogue with Customs administrations
  • Ensure that the requirements and compliance procedures are communicated to the industry
  • Coordinate with the IATA FIATA Customs Working Group (IFCWG) 
  • Ensure that Customs requirements are included in IATA standards & initiatives
  • Communicate regularly to the Cargo Committee the progress made in influencing Customs

For detailed information on CUSAG, please see  CUSAG Approach v0.3 (pdf)

GEA-IATA Position Paper on ACAS-type Programmes (pdf)


CUSAG consists of 20 members appointed by the Cargo Committee for a two-year term. There will be a maximum of 17 airline representatives and 3 representatives from other associations.

The current CUSAG Chairman is Mr. Axel Klein (Lufthansa) and the Vice Chairman is Ms. Elizabeth Shaver (Airlines for America, A4A).


The group has one scheduled face-to-face meeting in a year. Interim meetings are held by teleconference.


  • Gordon Wright
    Senior Manager, Cargo Security and Facilitation, IATA 

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