World Cargo Symposium

Dubai, UAE
15 - 17 April 2025

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The World Cargo Symposium (WCS) is the largest and most prestigious air cargo annual event. The 2024 edition brought 1,949 delegates to Hong Kong (SAR), China.

The next WCS will continue offering plenary sessions, specialized streams, workshops, and executive summits, tackling aspects related to technology, innovation, security, customs, cargo operations, and sustainability.

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Who attends?


  • Airlines
  • Solution Providers
  • Airports
  • Ground Handlers
  • Freight Forwarders
  • Training Providers

Why get involved?

Participate in exclusive business, networking, and branding opportunities tailored for over 1,500 industry leaders and decision-makers. Access industry intelligence, staying updated on the latest trends.

  • Premium Brand Exposure: Boost your brand's visibility.
  • Excellent Networking Opportunities: Engage with key industry figures.
  • Showcase Your Products and Services: Present your offerings to a targeted audience seeking your solutions.
  • Comprehensive Market Insights: Gain a thorough understanding of the latest cargo insights and trends to align your business strategies effectively.
  • Direct Insights from Industry Leaders: Gain firsthand knowledge of the industry priorities, unlocking valuable opportunities.


"This year's WCS is truly impressive, the gathering of the industry's brightest and smartest people all at the same place sparks off great conversations, ideas, and business opportunities. This is beyond any event I've attended to date and this sets a high benchmark for others to follow!"
Keng Kum, Collins Aerospace
"It was a wonderful event, the biggest ever in the history of WCS, well attended and extensively covered topics like Sustainability, Digitalization, and E-Commerce. The Venue and the networking events were the best."
Israr Ahmad, Air Cargo Update

"The best annual air cargo event, globally. The perfect mix of content, exhibition, and networking. Very well organized with a clear structure. Looking forward to 2025 in Dubai!"
James Wyatt, Aeroconcept

“WCS is an excellent event to retouch with industry peers, learn about the past present, and future of cargo, and a great venue to celebrate successes. ” 
James Wong, Menzies Aviation

"The WCS is a "priceless event" with informative agenda items and networking opportunities like no other."
Mike Gitau, Tradewinds Aviation Services

“Although I have been attending several global events, IATA WCS has always been truly more productive with a lot of networking opportunities, learning, and fun. Indeed, it will be a pleasure to join more of these events to update myself with the aviation trends and opportunities in the global arena. Wishing more success to IATA in achieving its sustainable development goals and policy implementations.”
Sajith MM - SMT Global Logistics Limited

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Dubai is a global metropolis and a major hub of commerce, tourism, and innovation. As the host city for the IATA World Cargo Symposium 2025, Dubai epitomizes the convergence of cultures, economies, and technologies in the modern world.

Situated strategically along the shores of the Persian Gulf, Dubai is a bustling metropolis that serves as a vital hub for international trade and logistics. The city's skyline, dominated by architectural marvels such as the iconic Burj Khalifa, reflects its ambition and progressiveness, making it an ideal setting for the WCS next edition. Moreover, Dubai's reputation as a melting pot of cultures and a center for business and tourism adds to the allure of the event. With its cosmopolitan atmosphere, state-of-the-art facilities, and commitment to innovation, Dubai has the unique charm and energy of one of the world's most dynamic cities, offering participants an exciting environment to exchange ideas, forge partnerships, and explore emerging trends in the cargo industry. 

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Visa requirements


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Showcase your products and services to industry leaders, governments, international organizations, and subject matter experts. For information on sponsorship and exhibition opportunities at the World Cargo Symposium, please complete the form and a member of our team will be in touch.

WCS 2024


The 2024 edition of the World Cargo Symposium took place at the AsiaWorld-Expo, in Hong Kong (SAR), China, from 12 to 14 March.

2024 Stream Agendas:

FACE Summit (pdf) E-Commerce forum (pdf) 
IATA Cargo Solutions Workshop (pdf)
ONE Record training (pdf)
Certification Workshop (pdf)
Closing plenary (pdf)

CBTA Center Conference (pdf)


Beyond CASSLink (pdf)


WCS 2023

The World Cargo Symposium took place in Istanbul, Türkiye from 25 to 27 April 2023.

2023 Stream Agendas:

FACES (pdf)

Our Diversity & Inclusion Pledge


IATA believes that diversity of culture, gender, age, orientation, and experience boosts the success of the aviation industry. We actively encourage aviation professionals with diverse profiles to contribute to our events as speakers, panelists, facilitators, or in any other way.

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