Cargo data exchange automation between airlines and other parties works much more efficiently if messaging procedures and standards are applied. IATA's Cargo-IMP is the legacy standard for exchanging critical cargo operations information.

Jointly developed by IATA, its member airlines and Airlines for America (A4A), Cargo-IMP is the official message source for specifications concerning space allocation, air waybill, flight manifest, accounting, status, discrepancy, embargo, customs, CASS billing, dangerous goods, allotments and surface transportation. The Cargo-IMP also includes encoding and decoding lists of all approved codes and abbreviations.

The Cargo-IMP contains the up-to-date and historical editions of the Cargo-IMP manual, including carrier messaging capability links and data elements query.

Key benefits

Maximize the benefits of your cargo operations through increased messaging automation by ensuring your cargo interchange message procedures are compliant with international and local regulations and practices:

  • Message Specifications including embedded data elements, abbreviation codes, and enhanced search function printing capabilities
  • Interactive tables including a data element directory, abbreviation codes and a list of user capabilities
  • Access to a comprehensive source of information about cargo interchange messages and related procedures

The 34th edition (2014/2015) of the Cargo-IMP standard will be the final edition as IATA and the aviation industry will discontinue supporting Cargo-IMP to focus on the IATA Cargo-XML standard which will ultimately replace Cargo-IMP. For more information please see the Cargo-XML Manual & Toolkit page, the next generation of air cargo messaging.