Air Cargo Law and Convention (Classroom, 2 days)


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.

This course is available at IATA Training Centers and Regional Training Partner locations, and on-demand as in-house training.

Course Code: TALL-11

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Course format

  • This classroom course provides 2 days (16 hours) of instruction delivered by an official IATA Instructor.
  • Student performance will be based on an assessment


  • Participants should have prior knowledge of air cargo procedures
  • Recommended level is intermediate and Advanced
  • 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

There are no scheduled classes at the moment

What you will learn

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the key points of the Warsaw and Montreal conventions
  • Examine international air cargo law regimes on air carrier liability
  • Identify the legal challenges faced by e-freight and e-air waybill
  • Analyze successful air cargo performance and apply recommended cargo practices for conditions of carriage
  • Understand the IATA Cargo Agency Program and CASS

Course content

  • Cargo liability under the international air law conventions
  • IATA Cargo Services conference on interlining
  • IATA Cargo Agency conference
  • Agent versus forwarder liability
  • The multilateral e-air waybill (e-AWB) agreement

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Airline in-house counsel
  • 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 all exercises and exams. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

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