Cargo iQ joins forces with forwarders and airports to drive up standards

Lothar Moehle. Photo: Cargo iQ

Airfreight quality standards organisation Cargo iQ, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and the Airport Services Association (ASA) have signed a pact to improve practices across the supply chain.

It aims to strengthen collaboration between forwarder, ground handler and airline communities and work globally to achieve common standards and enhance quality.

Under the deal, signed at Cargo iQ’s recent board meeting, FIATA director general, Stéphane Graber, and ASA’s director general, Fabio Gamba, will attend all Cargo iQ board meetings as observers and work together with the board members, with a view to intensifying co-operation in the future.

Cargo iQ executive director, Lothar Moehle, said: “Cargo iQ shares lots of goals with FIATA and ASA as all three of us strive to improve standards, data use, and processes in line with shippers’ requirements for a solid and objective quality certification program – so why not work together instead of reinventing the wheel?

“We look forward to continuing the dialogue about how we can help further each other’s ambitions and progress – this is the start of a strong co-operation for the future.”

FIATA represents 40,000 forwarders and logistics firms around the world, while ASA has 50 global members in the aviation services industry.

FIATA director general, Stéphane Graber, added: “FIATA is thrilled to be participating in the board meetings of Cargo iQ, and to join with the group and ASA to drive global standards. This collaboration is a key initiative in the optimisation of air cargo processes for all logistics supply chain stakeholders involving airfreight.

“Along with these other key stakeholders, FIATA’s priority is the continuous improvement of operational processes and representing the widespread and global voice of freight forwarders in a collective, global effort.”

FIATA and ASA will be privy to all information about Cargo iQ and its members’ actions to improve quality.

ASA director general, Fabio Gamba, added: “This initiative from Cargo iQ to offer FIATA and ASA an observer seat at their board is spot on. The cargo value chain is a very complex one, and only a truly holistic approach, involving all the major stakeholders, will work.

“We at ASA are delighted to join, all the more so as the importance of cargo, already central in the operations of handling agents, has demonstrated during the pandemic how crucial to the world a seamless and well-performing cargo platform is. Together we’ll endeavour to keep it that way.”

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