Monday, August 8, 2016

New Cargo Messaging Enables US Customs to Liaise with Air Freight Forwarders and Exporters

IATA Format Accepted by North American Authorities
Shipping News Feature
US – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that its Cargo-XML messaging standard will be utilised by the US Customs and Border Protection Agency (US-CBP) to collect advance cross-border data on US export shipments. IATA says the new data format will make electronic communication between the US-CBP’s Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) system, airlines and other air cargo stakeholders simpler and more efficient when ACE is adopted over the next few months.

IATA is convinced that the adoption of a common policy will facilitate growth in trade, ensure cargo security, and foster participation in global commerce via advanced electronic data submission for air cargo shipments. Nick Careen, IATA Senior Vice President for Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security reinforced this opinion, saying:

"Airlines, freight-forwarders, shippers and border agencies share the common goals of simplifying processes, enhancing efficiency and maximizing safety and security. The key to achieving this is industry collaboration and standardisation on a global scale. Having support for Cargo-XML from the US-CBP, one of the world’s largest federal law enforcement agencies, will positively contribute towards the industry achieving its objective, the global adoption of a standard air cargo messaging system."

The US-CBP is working to reduce the considerable number of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) message formats currently supported to process international import, export cargo and cargo release information. IATA says it is assisting in this effort by permitting the US-CBP to publish to the minimal data file specifications for the IATA Cargo-XML messages. Each year millions of tonnes of air cargo pass through US airports, from medicines and crucial electronic components to the latest consumer products, and the US CBP is tasked with ensuring that these goods are safe, present no security issues, are compliant with trade laws, and reach the customer on-time.

IATA is adamant that the adoption of a common messaging standard for all air freight consignments will ensure correct data is submitted whilst making it easier for US-CBP agents to identify freight which contravenes US legislation. More details of the Cargo-XML standard can be seen here.

Photo: A part of IATA’s Electronic Consignment Security Declaration, available in six languages and with which the new Cargo-XML standard is designed to comply.