​​The Pinnacle of Air Cargo Messaging

Aviation bodies such as the Cargo Committee, Cargo Services and Cargo Agency Conferences have endorsed Cargo- XML messages as the new standard for air cargo industry electronic messaging, as an alternative to Cargo-IMP. Cargo-XML messages are used for electronic communication between airlines and other air cargo supply chain stakeholders, such as shippers, freight forwarders, ground-handling agents, and regulators, as well as customs and security agencies.

IATA’s Cargo-XML Toolkit delivers the Cargo-XML standard to the air cargo industry. This toolkit is used by businesses in developing open and flexible XML applications for automating electronic transactions or messages. The purpose is to ensure uniformity, mutual understanding, accuracy and economy in electronic data exchanges.

New standards brings new benefits

The Cargo-XML standard modernizes the old Cargo-IMP messages by leveraging new technology for maximum benefit:

  • Reduces the cost of development, transmission, maintenance and support
  • Facilitates implementation of e-AWB, e-Freight and Advance Cargo Information (ACI)
  • Enables greater participation of SME in e-commerce throughout the logistics chain
  • Provides business rules to improve efficiency and compliance with regulations, such as ACI
  • Improves data quality and allows for a quicker response to frequently changing requirements
  • Facilitates direct exchange of data by providing easy implementation between partners
  • Promotes use of a common, universally accepted standard within the supply chain
  • Compatible with the standards of other industry bodies, such as the World Customs Organization (WCO)

What's Included in the Toolkit

The toolkit includes everything you need to get going including:
  • An interactive client application with auto-update functionality
  • Cargo-XML message specifications and schema for 16 messages
  • Business rules
  • Mapping with Cargo-IMP and with WCO Data Model and UNTDED Data Elements
  • Conversion guidelines between Cargo-IMP and Cargo-XML
  • Data length recommendation for Cargo-XML messages.
  • Message layout and examples(including sample messages)
  • Code lists
  • Message history and version management tools
  • User capabilities and industry scorecard
  • FAQs
  • Downloadable schemas and other supporting documents
  • The IATA Cargo-IMP Manual (34rd edition)
  • Enhanced OCI Table for e-CSD

Products & Pricing

Member airline discounts available where applicable. Contact publishing@iata.org for complete pricing details. If you are an IT solutions provider or offer message brokering services, please contact publishing@iata.org for licensing terms and pricing.


Edition: 2020 (8th)
Media: Windows
Language: English
Regular Price: US $999

Cargo-XML Messaging Manual & Toolkit

Edition: 2020 (8th)
Media: Floating License
Language: English
Regular Price: US $4995