International Air Transport Association Drives New Partnership With Global Forwarders

The new alliance is designed to eliminate unnecessary administrative procedures and costs as well as free up valuable resources to tackle the complex challenges that today’s global trade presents.

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Over the past several decades freight forwarders working within The International Air Transport Association (IATA), have been known as “agents,” working on behalf of air carriers to book freight for logistics and supply chain managers worldwide.

But that relationship has “evolved,” says IATA, which recently announced that it would implement a new agreement with International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) to replace the program with a new alliance.

The IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program (IFACP) moves decision-making on the rules governing the airline-forwarder relationship away from an airline-led conference to a governance body jointly managed by forwarders and airlines.

According to Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO, the move reflects today’s market conditions.

“This is the result of four years of hard work to modernize the relationship between freight forwarders and airlines,” he says.

The IFACP also provides a framework to ensure that industry standards are relevant, pragmatic and fit for purpose, add spokesmen.

“These standards cover the endorsement of freight forwarders and more broadly the safe, secure and efficient transportation of air cargo shipments,” says Aleks Popovich, IATA, Senior Vice President, Financial and Distribution Services.

According to Rudi Sagel, Chairman of FIATA’s Airfreight Institute (AFI), the 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,” he says.

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

About the Author

Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at [email protected]

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