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Benefits of XML ULD Control Receipt (XUCR)

The XML ULD Control Receipt (XUCR) Message has been adopted by the Cargo Services Conference (CSC) recently. What are the benefits of its industry-wide implementation? 


The complexity of today’s ULD operations is beyond the airport limit involving multiple parties across the ULD operational chain. A ULD needs to be transferred multiple times from one party to another, and most of the time the transfer is performed completely outside the airline’s supervision. 

The FAA Advisory Circular 120-85A on Cargo Operations recommends that an operator should perform an operational check for damage before using ULDs. Due to the complexity of today’s ULD operations, it should be each party’s responsibility to ensure the serviceable condition of the ULD when the ULD is in its possession.

Moreover, ULD is not only aircraft part subject to strict airworthiness requirement but also valuable airline’s asset. Therefore, proposed by the ULD Board (ULDB), the CSC Recommended Practice 1654 (Unit Load Device Control Receipt) was enhanced in 2014 to become a more generic and commonly acceptable ULD Control Receipt in standard format (paper form) to be used whenever there is a transfer of ULD at any location and between any party.

Existing ULD transfer processes are based on manual paperwork and disconnected from the advancement of data capture and workflow automation technology.

Recent Development: CSC Adoption of XUCR Message

In order to support the removal of the paper UCR from daily operations and enable the electronic exchange of UCR information in a standard format, in 2016, proposed by the ULDB and supported by the ULD CARE and the Cargo Messaging Working Group, the XML ULD Control Receipt (XUCR) Message has been developed and recently adopted by the Cargo Services Conference (CSC). The implementation of XUCR will greatly improve the ULD transfer processes.

Benefits include:

  • facilitating ULD serviceability check during ULD transfer
  • clarifying liabilities of the Transferring Party and the Receiving Party for loss or damage
  • facilitating ULD tracking (currently by the airport)
  • improving ULD stock checking efficiency and accuracy
  • ULD Exchange Control (LUC) Message incorporated
  • electronic audit trail systematically established
  • the possibility of tracking the loaded contents (currently at AWB level)
  • multimodal compatibility
  • cross-border recognition by most customs systems

With the adoption of the XUCR Message, the industry is encouraged to implement XUCR standard in its software applications for transmitting the ULD receipt electronically.

Industry-wide implementation of XUCR message 

In order to drive industry-wide implementation of XUCR, it is recommended that XUCR Message be accepted by the airlines’ and ground handlers’ IT systems first. In other words, airlines and ground handlers should request the IT departments and/ or IT service providers to develop the XUCR based on the messaging specifications stipulated in the IATA Cargo-XML Manual and Toolkit.

The XUCR Message specification and schema have been published in the IATA Cargo-XML Manual and Toolkit 5th Edition. Those who already have Cargo-XML Manual and Toolkit 5th Edition can use the update feature to download the latest contents including XUCR message. 

To procure IATA Cargo-XML Manual and Toolkit please visit: http://www.iata.org/publications/store/Pages/cargo-xml-tookit.aspx 

It is always our goal to continue improving the standards, therefore, feel free to inform us of any difficulties or challenges you encounter in implementing the XUCR Message. For ULD related matters, please contact us.


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