eCargo Program of IATA

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Dated: 10.11.2019

Key Initiative under the eCargo Program of IATA




The Cargo Operations and Technology Strategic Partnerships Area of Involvement is one of the 6 Boards established by Resolution under the Cargo Services Conference and all its subgroups.

Each Board is an airline-only group overseeing the strategy and direction of standards development and implementation within a specific area of cargo services. The Board may also create subgroups to work on specific areas of standards.

The eCargo area manages the development standards and guidance related to eAWB and eFreight initiatives providing recommendations to the Cargo Operations and Technology Board.


  • Supply chain operators
  • Cargo IT application providers
  • Freight forwarder and Shipper IT application providers
  • Device Manufacturer such as cargo trackers
  • CCS / Digital Connectivity Providers


To be eligible to become an IATA Strategic Partner in Cargo Operations and Technology, the industry supplier needs to meet the following criteria:

  • Be an active IATA Strategic Partner with cargo expertise
  • The supplier’s product/service is relevant to Cargo Operations and Technology and is in line with IATA standards
  • Have already implemented or are in process of implementing IATA standards related to Cargo Operations and Technology successfully



  • Cargo Messaging Standards: Cargo-IMP, Cargo XML and process flows
  • Information on cargo e-business current initiatives: One Record, Interactive Cargo, e-freight, e-AWB, e-customs, e-CSD, ACAS, ACC3
  • Digital Cargo future initiatives: from?



e-Cargo Working Group (eCWG)
Contact: Mr. Ben Behanan
Project Manager e-AWB, Cargo


Part of StB Cargo, e-freight is an industry-wide initiative involving carriers, freight forwarders, ground handlers, shippers, customs brokers and customs authorities. E-freight aims to build an end-to-end paperless transportation process for air cargo through a regulatory framework, modern electronic messages and high data quality.

The e-freight roadmap outlines a shared end-to-end industry approach to remove three types of documents:

Customs documents, engaging regulators and governments worldwide to create an “e-freight route network” where customs procedures are fully electronic and regulations support paperless shipments.

Transport documents, working collaboratively within the cargo supply chain to digitize the core industry transport documents, starting with the Air Waybill (AWB).

Commercial & special cargo documents, developing a plan to digitize the commercial and special cargo documents typically accompanying air freight today, in or out of the “cargo pouch”.


  • Accelerate and support the adoption of e-AWB
  • Push for the adoption of Cargo-XML standards
  • Test the electronic version of the Dangerous Goods Shipper’s Declaration (e-DGD)
  • Work with the World Customs Organization and local customs authorities around the world to embrace e-customs, and encourage the use of Cargo-XML standards for Advance Cargo Information (ACI)
  • Improve data quality through the Message Improvement Program (MIP)


Download the IATA Program Details Here:

eCargo-IATA Strategic Partnership

IATA-All Cargo


Courtesy: IATA

M/s S.J. EXIM Services- Q-Freight Team
Contact Person: Ravi Shekhar Jha

Mob: +91-9999005379

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Disclaimer: Please refer to official sources before effecting a decision