The primary objective of the COTB is to develop and maintain standards for operations, technology, procedures, documentation and flow of information relating to the air cargo business.


  • Technical standard and procedures for the correct completion of the air waybill
  • Standards for the application of automatic identification technology (including bar coding, imaging, RFID, wireless technologies)
  • Technical and procedural standards for Cargo XML
  • Standards for other documents, procedures and processes supporting the air cargo business such as Piece Level Tracking, e-AWB, and the Digital Cargo Strategy
  • Guidance and assistance to non-airline participants in the air cargo business
  • Liaise with industry & regulatory bodies on matters such as the Master Operating Plan
  • Ensure the delegated CSC Resolutions and Recommended Practices align to industry requirements


Face-to-face meetings are held only when necessary. Tasks are completed using electronic means and/or conference calls as much as possible.


COTB consists of up to 12 members appointed by the Cargo Services Conference (CSC), each being an expert in cargo procedures and/or automation.



COTB has the following subgroups: