Air Cargo Law and Convention (LIVE virtual classroom)



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Did you know that in the past 5 years, 28 participants from 19 countries have taken this course with IATA?

About the course

2-day (15 hours) LIVE virtual classroom course

IATA Air Cargo Law and Convention aviation training course

Examine the impact of air cargo law developments on the airline business and understand the different approaches and solutions to the complex air cargo law issues. You will review the international conventions on air law in relation to cargo liability, gain an overview of the IATA Cargo Service conference and IATA Cargo Agency conference, and explore the difference between agent and forwarder liability.

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Course Code: TALL-11-VC

Course format

  • The live sessions of this virtual classroom course are delivered by an official IATA Instructor.
  • The course will take you approximately 15 hours to complete and be held over 2 consecutive days.
  • There will be 2 live interactive virtual classroom sessions per day, each session will be 90 minutes, and additional time is required for self-study, exercises, and final examination.
  • The live sessions will require your participation, with multiple Q&A sessions and additional time spent on self-study material including projects, research, additional reading and videos.
  • Student performance will be based on an assessment.

Technical requirements

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  • Recommended level is Entry-level and Intermediate.
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or the equivalent level for other languages.

How to register

To arrange in-house training for your company: Complete the in-house training request form or contact the B2B Training Specialist in your region.

Virtual venues

We schedule our virtual classroom courses through one of 3 virtual venues, each in a different time zone for your convenience. For more information, please visit our page on virtual classroom timing or contact our Customer Portal.

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What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the key points of the Warsaw and Montreal conventions in relation to cargo transportation
  • Examine the liability of airlines for loss of or damage to cargo
  • Explain how multimodal transportation (air/road) affects the liability of air carriers
  • Identify the legal challenges faced by e-freight and e-air waybill
  • Apply recommended cargo practices and standard conditions of the contract
  • Describe the IATA Cargo Agency Program

Course content

The key topics that are covered during this course include:

  • Cargo liability under the international air law conventions
  • Cargo liability in multimodal (air/road) cargo transportation
  • IATA Resolutions and Recommended Practices on cargo-related documents of transport
  • Agent versus forwarder liability
  • The multilateral e-air waybill (e-AWB) agreement

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Airline in-house counsel
  • Shippers’ in-house counsel, including freight forwarders
  • Government officials involved in the air transport sector
  • Aviation lawyers in private practice
  • Lawyers in related fields seeking an understanding of international air cargo law

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 70% or higher on an assessment. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

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