IATA and UNCTAD aim to boost adoption of messaging standards

IATA's global head of cargo, Glyn Hughes

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) say IATA’s Cargo-XML messaging standard has now been fully integrated into ASYCUDAWorld.

The integration of Cargo-XML in ASYCUDAWorld – the UNCTAD automated customs management system used by 90 countries for customs procedures – standardises the electronic communications between airlines and customs authorities using the program.

The new data standard reduces message duplication and simplifies communication across the supply chain facilitating trade growth, improving cargo security, modernising customs operations and fostering participation in global commerce through advance electronic data submission for air cargo shipments.

Cargo-XML makes it easier for airlines, freight forwarders and shippers to ensure that the information being provided to the customs authorities is technically correct and in line with standards of industry bodies such as the World Customs Organization (WCO) and regulators. It also facilitates custom risk assessments for air cargo shipments and improves compliance with security regulations.

IATA’s head of cargo, Glyn Hughes says: “Having a standard air cargo digital messaging system between customs authorities, airlines and other air cargo stakeholders is fundamental to enhancing efficiency, driving trade growth and maximizing safety and security across the industry.

“IATA’s successful partnership with UNCTAD means that airlines, freight forwarders, shippers and border agencies in over 90 countries can now talk the same digital language. It takes the industry one step closer to achieving the global adoption of a standard air cargo messaging system.”

UNCTAD’s director of division on technology and logistics, Shamika Sirimanne adds: “Considering the complexity of trade flows, increasing demands on advance risk assessments and operational efficiency, electronic data interchange is an integral component of customs modernisation programs.

“We’re delighted to support IATA Cargo-XML standards in the ASYCUDA system, which ultimately will help trade efficiency, improve custom clearance and enhance security through risk assessment procedures.”