​​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.

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 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:

Stay up-to-date

The significant changes to the 9th Cargo-XML Toolkit include:

  • XML Shipper Declaration for Dangerous Goods (XSDG) message is enhanced to improve compliance with the IATA Dangerous Goods (DG) Regulations. These improvements are the result of feedback from XSDG pilots by some industry stakeholders, and implementation by IATA DG AutoCheck Team. A new version i.e. XSDG 5.00 is produced addressing the following issues
  • To improve airlines' product offering (door to airport and door to door product) and to improve shipment visibility among various stakeholders a new event code is introduced. The new event code is intended to notify that the consignment has been physically picked up from the shipper’s door on this date at this location
  • XML Customs Status Notification (XCSN) is renamed to XML Customs, Security and Regulatory Control Status Notification
  • To facilitate mutual recognition of identification types such as entity identifications, License types etc. and to establish quality data transactions among various air cargo stakeholders, a new code list "Identification type code" is introduced in the code list section 1.105
  • Editorial corrections are made to the XML Waybill (XFWB),XML Status (XFSU) and XML Flight booked list (XFBL)

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2021 Cargo-XML Toolkit

Edition: 2021
Media: Windows
Language: English
Regular Price: US $999

2022 CXML Toolkit (CXML)

Edition: 2022
Media: Floating License
Language: English
Regular Price: US $6993

2022 CXML Toolkit (CXML)

Edition: 2022
Media: Windows
Language: English
Regular Price: US $999