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29 March 2021

IATA Digital Cargo: Achieving Excellence through the use of Data

Data Sharing standard

ONE Record is a standard for data sharing and creates a single record view of the shipment. This standard defines a common data model for the data that is shared via standardized and secured web API.

Industry benefits

The objective of ONE Record is to address the main challenges of e-freight and unlock the possibilities of a full digital air cargo industry:

  • Data quality and control: Data is shared by a data owner who is in full control of data quality. Data stays at the source and the owner determines who may or may not access their data;
  • Visibility and transparency: ONE Record aims to cover the end-to-end transportation chain, from the shipper to the consignee. Each party is able to share data of the shipment with relevant parties, ensuring enhanced visibility and transparency;
  • Plug & Play connectivity: ONE Record facilitates the direct connectivity between all the industry stakeholders through the use of web API. This will lead to new cooperative IT solutions and innovation;
  • Future of digital cargo: ONE Record creates the foundation for true digital air cargo where airlines, their partners and service providers will be able to develop collaborative and automated digital services;
  • Welcome a new generation: ONE Record provides a technology platform that is ready for a new generation of digital natives who will be leading the logistics and transport industry within a decade.

Standard development:

The development of ONE Record started in November 2017 in Amsterdam (NL). During this transformational event, the participants all agreed on the need for pragmatism and speed and the importance of developing data sharing standards from a data centric perspective. Following this industry meeting, IATA established the ONE Record Task Force (ORTF).

Focus on the Pilot Projects

In 2020, 49 companies are involved in pilot projects involved in 11 use cases. To conduct these pilot projects, we are following a two-fold approach:

  • In 2019 and 2020 the focus has been on the definition of the standard in parallel with the piloting. This approach was chosen to enhance the engagement of the stakeholders that are contributing in the definition of the standard;
  • In 2021, 2022 and 2023 the standard will be tested further with the pilots in an iterative approach to focus on the maintenance of the standard through a feedback loop.

More information on the pilot projects and the use cases here.

Join the Digital Cargo Working Group

In 2021, the ONE Record Task Force has been replaced with the Digital Cargo Working Group. We invite you to join us to help the industry to embrace its digital transformation, you will be able to participate in working group meetings and project reviews, take part in the development of new standards, be informed of IATA’s recommendations before they are released and have the opportunity to network with airlines and IATA digital air cargo specialists. Contact us for more information at


David Sauv

Manager Digital Cargo


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