IATA WCS 2017: Cargo iQ picks SGS for audit scheme

L-R: PTM Rajan, Certification and Business Enhancement Business Manager – UAE, SGS Gulf Limited; Sebastian Schirmers, Operations Manager, Cargo iQ; Ariaen Zimmerman, Executive Director, Cargo iQ; Kester Meijer, Director Operational Integrity, Compliance & Safety - ISCM Air France KLM Cargo, and Vice Chairman, Cargo iQ

Cargo iQ has appointed SGS to undertake its member Audit and Certification Scheme, working with external auditors for the first time.

Members were previously audited internally by Cargo iQ’s management team but now over 30 SGS offices will be involved, kicking off in June, with each audit including a desk review and two-day on-site visit.

Cargo iQ executive director, Ariaen Zimmerman says: “It makes a difference that we now have external validation, and an external auditor, allowing us to be more objective in regards to the criteria.”

SGS is an inspection, verification, testing and certification company with over 2,000 offices and laboratories worldwide, and Cargo iQ is planning for all members to be audited under the new scheme within three years.

SGS will provide Cargo iQ members with support and guidance on how to comply with the audit scheme so they can maximise the benefits from passing.

SGS global head international sales and accounts, Jeff Dowson says: “Working as an extension of the Cargo iQ team, we will help them monitor the scheme and ensure that it is practical and effective, with local auditors carrying out site visits. Members receive a verification of their compliance to the scheme, boosting confidence in its compliance level.”

The audit is part of a series of initiatives aimed at improving the value Cargo iQ delivers to its members and to the global air cargo community.

The partnership was announced at the International Air Transport Association World Cargo Symposium in Abu Dhabi, where the group also showcased its Smart Data portal.