The Air Mail Board (AMB) is responsible for all matters dealing with the movement of mail by air, exception for 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 also integrate the joint working group IATA-UPU Contact Committee, which works under the umbrella of the IATA-UPU Memorandum of Understanding (pdf).

Objectives

The AMB develops and maintains standards, guidelines and procedures related to the carriage of airmail for the following benefits:

  • Promoting the use of EDI in the airmail business
  • Providing guidelines for the use of the Postal Air Waybill (PAWB) number (pdf)
  • Developing requirements for the parties involved to ensure that no dangerous goods and prohibited items are inserted in the mail
  • Publishing safety guidelines, mainly referring to lithium batteries in airmail
  • Clarifying security and customs requirements, such as the provision of EAD/ACI, and help carriers implement the electronic Consignment Security Declaration (e-CSD).
  • Cooperating in the development of training programs and awareness
  • Ensuring collaboration with the UPU for responding efficiently to the demand for eCommerce solutions (track & trace, capacity, booking)
  • Assessing the legality of various logistics scenarios to ensure compliance with respective conventions.

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

Meeting schedule

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

Membership

The AMB consists of up to 12 Members appointed by the Cargo Services Conference (CSC), each being an expert in the airmail field. 

Contact

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