Airmail Panel (AMP)
The Air Mail Panel (AMP) is responsible for all matters dealing with the movement of mail by air, with the exception of issues related to airmail rates and charges. AMP works closely with international organizations such as the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and the International Post Corporation (IPC). Some members of the AMP are also members of the IATA-UPU Contact Committee, which works under the umbrella of the IATA-UPU Memorandum of Understanding (pdf).
These collaborative efforts have produced:
AMP develops and maintains standards, guidelines and procedures related to the carriage of air mail:
- It promotes the use of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) in the air mail business
- It provides guidelines for the use of the Postal Air Waybill number
- It includes a requirements for the parties involved to ensure that no explosive, incendiary and prohibited items are inserted in the mail
- It defines safety requirements, especially referring to Lithium Batteries in air mail
- It clarifies security and customs requirements, such as the provision of Advance Cargo Information (ACI)
- It asks the required parties to cooperate in the development of training programs
The standards and procedures developed by the AMP are included as recommendations in the IATA’s Airport Handling Manual.
The AMP normally meets twice a year: in March at at the IATA World Cargo Symposium (WCS) and in October at the UPU Conference in Berne.
The AMP consists of up to 12 Members appointed by the Cargo Services Conference (CSC), each being an expert in the airmail field. The current AMP Chairman is Mark Gilbert (American Airlines).
Manager, Cargo & Mail Operations and Standards