FIATA and IATA agree new Air Cargo Program

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) have signed an agreement to implement a new joint Air Cargo Program.

The IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program (IFACP) replaces the existing IATA Cargo Agency Program, which has operated for decades. In 2012 IATA and FIATA joined forces to review, refine and re-engineer the existing Agency Program. The new program moves decision-making on the rules governing the airline-forwarder relationship away from an airline-led conference to a governance body – the IATA-FIATA Governance Board (IFGB), jointly managed by forwarders and airlines – which reflects today’s market conditions.

Aleks Popovich, Senior Vice President, Financial and Distribution Service, IATA, said: “IATA and FIATA have reached an important agreement on a new jointly managed air cargo program. This is the result of four years of hard work to modernise the relationship between freight forwarders and airlines. The IFACP also provides a framework to ensure that industry standards are relevant, pragmatic and fit for purpose. These standards cover the endorsement of freight forwarders and more broadly the safe, secure and efficient transportation of air cargo shipments.”

Rudi Sagel, Chairman of FIATA’s Airfreight Institute (AFI), said: “The Cargo Agency Program has long needed updating. I am really pleased that FIATA and IATA have joined forces to provide our industry with a new, modern program and a framework for operation that benefits both airlines and freight forwarders. IFACP will eliminate unnecessary administrative procedures and costs as well as free up valuable resources to tackle the complex challenges that today’s global trade presents. These include regulatory compliance, safety and security and the introduction of new technologies. This agreement paves the way for a more successful future for the fastest and most fascinating mode of international transport.”

The phased rollout of IFACP will begin in early 2017 with Canada as the pilot country. It is anticipated that full global implementation will be completed by end 2018. The public signature with the common endorsement of the agreement will take place at the October FIATA World Congress, to be held in Dublin.