​​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

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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 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