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[February 27, 2014]

IATA Launches New Cargo-XML Manual and Toolkit

(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) IATA has released the second edition of its Cargo-XML Manual and Toolkit, providing Cargo-XML standards for the electronic exchange of information that replace traditional Cargo-IMP for the air cargo industry.


The toolkit provides electronic message standards that ensure uniformity, clarity, accuracy and economy in electronic data exchanges.

"As a replacement to legacy standards, Cargo-XML will revolutionize air cargo electronic messaging, bringing sustained benefits to the air cargo industry over time," said Des Vertannes, IATA's Global Head of Cargo.

The new Cargo-XML standards are multimodal and cross-border and are based on UN/CEFACT standards and referencing the World Customs Organization (WCO) Data Model elements. Benefits of Cargo-XML-based standards include: - Facilitating implementation of the e-Air Waybill (e-AWB), e-Freight, Electronic Cargo Security Declaration (e-CSD) and Advance Electronic Information (AEI) - Providing business rules that improve efficiency and compliance with regulations - Improving data quality and response times to changing requirements - Promoting the use of a common, universally accepted standard in the supply chain - Compatibility with the standards of other industry bodies, such as the WCO - Greater participation of small and medium-sized enterprises throughout the logistics chain owing to significantly reduced costs of developing, maintaining and using electronic communications.

Software and industry service providers that have licensed Cargo-XML from IATA with the intention of developing Cargo-XML messaging solutions include Kewill, New Age Software Solution, Hans Infomatic, GLS HK, Mercator, Parse2, and Hexaware Technologies.

Other system providers are expected to license the Cargo-XML standard at the 8th World Cargo Symposium that will be held in Los Angeles, California on 11-13 March 2014.

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