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Unit Load Devices (ULD)

Improving ULD management

The total cost of both repair and loss of Unit Load Devices (ULD) in the air transport industry is estimated about $300 million excluding the flight delay and cancelation due to unavailability of ULDs.

With the increasing number of wide-bodied aircraft now in operation, ULD management is a key element of high efficiency in air transport. Making sure the right ULD is available in the right place at the right time with the right condition is critical for airline operations and revenue management.

The IATA ULD Panel (ULDP) develops and maintains standards and procedures concerning the specifications, handling, restraint and maintenance of ULDs and promotes the worldwide recognition and adoption of those standards. 

IATA ULD Regulations

The new ULD Regulations (ULDR) covers both technical and operational standards and regulatory requirements as well as the carrier's requirements applicable to overall ULD operations.

  • Minimum standard specifications for designing and manufacturing ULDs that conform to IATA, ISO, SAE, and other national and international standards
  • Essential and detailed guidelines for all aspects of ULD operations
  • Training requirements and standards
  • Supporting material for airlines creating operations manuals containing ULD related content for use by their own or outside staff.

Get a copy of the ULD Regulations now!

ULDR local workshops

To promote the implementation of ULD Regulations locally, IATA organizes workshops around the world.

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