The Standard for 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.
New standards bring 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
- Compatible with the standards of other industry bodies, such as the World Customs Organization (WCO)
- Promotes use of a common, universally accepted standard within the supply chain
What's inside the Cargo-XML Toolkit?
- Cargo-XML message specifications, schemas and data length recommendations
- Mapping with Cargo-IMP and with WCO Data Model and UNTDED Data Elements
- Conversion guidelines between Cargo-IMP and Cargo-XML
- Message layout and examples (including sample messages)
- Message history and version management tools
- User capabilities and code lists
- The IATA Cargo-IMP Manual (34th edition)
- Enhanced OCI Table for e-CSD
Download the Cargo-XML whitepaper
This whitepaper provides implementation strategies, migration approaches and the necessary guidelines to adopt Cargo-XML standards:
The significant changes to the 10th Cargo-XML Toolkit include:
- XML Status (XFSU) message is enhanced to allow usage of new Cargo iQ Warehouse-ramp handover events: freight out of warehouse custody (FOW) and freight into warehouse custody (FIW). A new version XFSU 4.00 is produced. Editorial changes are also included.
- XML Booking (XFFR) message is enhanced to allow usage of Cargo iQ Service Parameters approach for time-specific products. A new version XFFR 3.10 is produced. Editorial changes are also included.
- XML Transport Movement (XTMV) message is updated to accommodate for multi-modal transportation and allow for multiple seal numbers to be captured. A new version XTMV 2.00 is produced. Editorial changes are also included.
- XML Freight Booked List (XFBL) message is updated to add the total number of pieces in case of part shipment. A new version XFBL 2.10 is produced.
- Code List 1.60 referring to CCS System Identifiers is updated
- Code List 1.92 of Movement Indicators is updated to differentiate arrival and departure types (Touchdown/On-block and Take off/Off-block)
- Code List 1.8 referring to Discrepancy codes is updated with the EHCP code for Cargo iQ Exception Handling Codes Procedure
- Cargo-XML messages character set recommendation is updated to include all ASCII 7-bit characters