The Air Mail Board (AMB) is responsible for all matters dealing with the movement of mail by air, with the exception of issues related to airmail rates and charges. AMB works closely with international organizations such as the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and the International Post Corporation (IPC). Members of the AMB are also members of the joint working group IATA-UPU Contact Committee, which works under the umbrella of the IATA-UPU Memorandum of Understanding (pdf).

Electronic data interchange (EDI)

Check out the new joint UPU-IATA-IPC Brochure (pdf) promoting the use of electronic data interchange (EDI) in the air mail business.

These collaborative efforts have produced:

Objectives

AMB develops and maintains standards, guidelines and procedures related to the carriage of air mail:
  • It promotes the use of EDI in the air mail business
  • Creation of joint workshop with the UPU for the mapping of CARDIT and FWB messages
  • It provides guidelines for the use of the Postal Air Waybill number
  • It includes a requirements for the parties involved to ensure that no explosive, incendiary and prohibited items are inserted in the mail
  • It defines safety requirements, especially referring to Lithium Batteries in air mail
  • It clarifies security and customs requirements, such as the provision of ACI and help carriers to implement the most effective solution for sending pre-arrival ACI
  • It asks the required parties to cooperate in the development of training programs and awareness
  • It ensures collaboration with the UPU for responding efficiently to the demand for eCommerce solutions (Track & Trace, Capacity, Booking…etc.)

The standards and procedures developed by the AMB are included as recommendations in the IATA’s Airport Handling Manual.

Postal Account Settlement System (PASS)

IATA, together with airlines and global post offices are pursuing a new initiative for a Postal Accounts Settlement System (PASS).

The objective is to provide an automated industry platform to process the large volume of airlines-postal billings and settlements that today are processed bilaterally and largely manually. The new solution will capitalize on IATA’s strong financial services knowledge and expertise, as well as existing solutions for simplified billing and settlement of the supply chain’s stakeholders.

Successful implementation of the PASS system will facilitate the invoicing and payment for mail and other related services. It will simplify current processes, standardize both invoicing and the exchange of data. Other benefits include a reduction in time-consuming manual processes, easier identification of duplicate transactions and easier facilitation of online dispute resolution.

PASS will enable Airlines to work more efficiently with Postal companies and generate new business opportunities for the industry.

Meeting schedule

The AMB normally meets twice a year: in March at the IATA World Cargo Symposium (WCS) and in October at the UPU Conference in Berne.

Membership

The AMB consists of up to 12 Members appointed by the Cargo Services Conference (CSC), each being an expert in the airmail field. The current AMB Chairman is Jason Dacosta (Air Canada).

Contact

  • Secretary
    Andre Majeres
    Manager, Cargo & Mail Operations and Standards
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