IATA completes revisions to air transport industry manuals

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has completed the annual review of its air transport industry manuals for cargo, ground handling and operations.

The manuals now incorporate the updates made to many industry standards over the past year, said the industry body.

It added that these revisions reflect the sector’s commitment to further improving safety, introducing more sustainable operations, as well as enhancing the passenger experience and cargo handling. 

The changes include revised dangerous goods regulations.

With more than 1.25m dangerous goods shipments being flown by air on an annual basis, it is essential that the rules and regulations allowing for the safe transport of such substances and articles are revised to reflect safety and operational developments, said IATA.

One focus is on lithium batteries as consumer demand for electronic devices such as tablets and small personal mobility devices continues to grow.

The Standard Procedures for Preloading Advanced Cargo Information (PLACI) manual has also been updated.

This now reflects additional recommendations, including for the new “Import Control System” (EU-ICS2) regulations in the European Union (EU) and future similar programmes in Canada, the United Arab Emirates and the UK, which are being put into place to increase security.

IATA said shippers, forwarders and airlines need to fully understand these processes in order to be compliant and avoid fines and the potential for delayed shipments, and be able to have goods flown to, for example, Canada, the EU, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the US.

There has also been amendments to handling procedures for the carriage of pet animals. With an increasingly mobile global population, the carriage of live animals, especially domestic pets, is also on the rise.

In order to ensure animals’ welfare even during travel disruption, the handling procedures included in the Live Animals Regulations (LAR) have been updated to cover these eventualities.

Additional changes have been introduced to manage pet animal transportation in extraordinary circumstances.

In total more than 350 updates have been made to the 2023 edition manuals.

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]