Another boost for IATA's Cargo-XML messaging standard

25 / 01 / 2017

IATA’s Cargo-XML messaging standard has taken another step towards becoming the industry standard after being integrated into a United Nations (UN) automated customs management system.

The integration of Cargo-XML into the UN Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) ASYCUDAWorld customs system standardises electronic communications between airlines and customs authorities in the 90 countries that use the system.

The new data standard reduces message duplication and simplifies communication across the supply chain facilitating trade growth, improving cargo security, modernising customs operations and fostering participation in global commerce through advance electronic data submission for air cargo shipments, IATA said.

IATA global head of cargo Glyn Hughes said: "Having a standard air cargo digital messaging system between customs authorities, airlines and other air cargo stakeholders is fundamental to enhancing efficiency, driving trade growth and maximizing safety and security across the industry.

“IATA’s successful partnership with UNCTAD means that airlines, freight-forwarders, shippers and border agencies in over 90 countries can now talk the same digital language. It takes the industry one step closer to achieving the global adoption of a standard air cargo messaging system."

In August last year, the US Customs and Border Protection said that it would use Cargo-XML to collect advance data on US export shipments.

And in September Qatar Cargo became the first airline to fully implement the standard.