IATA launches platform to improve transparency across the supply chain

By Rachelle Harry

IATA has launched a digital platform called ONE Source to help the airfreight industry match shipping needs with available capabilities and service providers across the supply chain.

The move comes as the industry prepares to tackle mass distribution of Covid-19 vaccines when they become available.

ONE Source, which is free for air cargo service providers to use, lists up-to-date, verified-by-IATA information on airlines, airports, cargo handling facilities, freight forwarders, ground handlers, shippers and trucking companies.

Other ONE Source features include:

  • Streamlined information per aviation service provider type allowing for direct capability comparison
  • ONE Source API providing a direct data feed to company systems.
  • Increased audit efficiency by complementing risk analysis data for a more accurate evaluation of auditing needs
  • Reduced audit complexity, focused on USPs and security aspects
  • Details on IATA Certifications: CEIV Pharma; CEIV Live Animals; CEIV Fresh; Smart Facility Operational Capacity; IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA); United for Wildlife.

The ONE Source platform is part of the IATA Smart Facility programme, an initiative created to increase transparency in cargo handling services and enhance essential cargo operational capabilities to a higher baseline level across the industry.

Glyn Hughes, IATA’s global head of cargo, commented: “Air cargo has been essential in the global fight against Covid-19, transporting vital equipment and medicines to those who need them most. However, with over 3,500 differently sized cargo handling facilities worldwide, the industry until now has lacked visibility on the capacities and services these facilities can offer.

“The need for greater transparency is even more critical in the current context. ONE Source addresses this by providing a single reference point for up-to-date infrastructure and certification data, helping save time and keep air cargo moving.”

Last week, IATA discussed the upcoming challenges of vaccine distribution in a conference that also included a market outlook.

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