Making Cargo Talk
“When something goes wrong, it takes time to get information”. Air cargo customers demand more end-to-end visibility and real-time information about their shipments. The demand for these capabilities is exploding with the growth of e-commerce and increased quantities of special cargo flown. The online retailers and shoppers need and want to know where their shipments are at any time. The producers and manufacturers of fresh food, perishable items and pharmaceuticals want to know the conditions in which their shipments are moving. Equipping the air cargo industry with this capability is imperative to improve the value proposition of air cargo and help our members to capitalize on e-commerce and special cargo growth.
Air cargo suppliers need that information at an individual piece level to take proactive actions to ensure compliance with customers' and regulators’ demands. This is valid for all types of products but is becoming a critical requirement for Special Cargoes (pharma, perishables, live animals, vulnerable, high value, etc.).
Find out more about the Interactive Cargo project here (pdf)
- Simplify and standardize the air carriers’ process for the approval of the use of portable electronic devices on board aircraft.
- Define the IoT device data elements to be captured and shared among the supply chain actors and ensure visibility and traceability of the air cargo supply chain. The data elements will then be integrated into the IATA ONE Record Data Model.
- Add an amendment to the conditions of carriage for cargo on the Data Use Agreement to clarify the legal context of data use.
- Run pilot projects to operationally validate the IATA standards.
- Freight Forwarders
- Ground Handlers
- International or National Organizations in Air Cargo
- Aircraft Manufacturers
- Device Manufacturers
- ULD Manufacturers
- IT Service Providers
- Recommended Practice - IoT device data sharing in air cargo to be endorsed by the Cargo Services Conference (CSC) by March 2021.
- Recommended Practice - Approval of the use of portable electronic devices for air cargo to be endorsed by the Cargo Services Conference (CSC) by March 2021.
The following pilots will validate the IATA standards. Contact us if you wish to participate or propose your own pilot project:
- Portable Electronic Device (PED) approval for air cargo (pdf)
- Real-time cargo tracking (pdf)
- End-to-End visibility (pdf)
- Other pilots to come.
The Interactive Cargo Task Force meets every two months to review the project. The meetings are listed on the Work Groups Calendar. In addition, work package meetings are held once or twice a month.
The Interactive Cargo Task Force is composed of more than 50 participants representing the whole supply chain:
- Up to 20 members representing their area of expertise. They are nominated by the IATA Cargo Operations and Technology Board (COTB);
- Observers from IATA Members and industry stakeholders, including Strategic Partners, may attend the meetings with the agreement of the Secretary;
- IATA subject matter experts from other groups such as the Dangerous Goods Board (DGB), Cargo iQ, the Ground Handling Consultative Council (ICHC), the Live Animals and Perishables Board (LAPB), the ONE Record Task Force (ORTF), and the ULD Board (ULDB).
- Invited experts: From time to time, for specific topics, the Secretary invites industry experts for consultation.
If you are interested in joining the Task Force or want to find out more, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many thanks to the key players involved in the Interactive Cargo project for making cargo talk!