International Air Transport Association


IATA e-freight is moving rapidly around the world. This monthly briefing allows you to keep up with the latest developments in taking the paper out of air cargo. Find out the major achievements and progress, what's new with e-freight processes and standards, additions to the e-freight route network, the growth in e-freight operators and volumes of e-freight consignments.

IATA e-freight local representatives: please feel free to forward this information to your local air cargo supply chains!

Industry ADOPTION & PENETRATION - Challenging stakeholders to adopt e-freight and drive-up volumes:

The EF "Who and Where" detailed report provides a the list of airlines and freight forwarders operating e-freight per country/airport (at origin and at destination) and the Monthly EF volumes report provides the monthly EF volumes and the leagues tables (top10 EF countries at origin and at destination; top10 EF airlines and freight forwarders). Both reports are posted on the IATA public website at

Understanding motivators, limiters and blockers

  • In April and May, the IATA e-freight local representatives had contacted all their live stakeholders to understand their key motivators, limiters and blockers that prevent them for increasing their e-freight volumes. The IATA e-freight team had then compiled the results of this penetration campaign to list the top5 blockers and will define the appropriate action plans to remove those barriers. These will be discussed at the IATA e-freight Central Action Group (eCAG) meeting on June 25 in Geneva and shared with all participants.

Driving volumes up

  • To realise industry benefits of e-freight, the project now needs to drive-up the volume of e-freight shipments over the e-freight route network. At its June meeting in Malaysia, the IATA Board challenged airlines to:
    • increase the number of e-freight airports. In each e-freight country, airlines were asked to lead the implementation of e-freight to all major airports of their home market (i.e. the airports representing 90% of the cargo volumes out of that country)
    • extend their use of e-freight to cover at least 90% of e-freight capable airports in their route network by end 2009
    • take the lead in influencing their local forwarder community to implement e-freight. Already 16 airlines have committed to engage the top freight forwarders in their home market to adopt e-freight and grow volumes
  • IATA also committed to promote the benefits of e-freight with freight forwarders and to understand what is holding back their use of e-freight
  • IATA together with the leading local stakeholders are organising free Local Adoption Meetings (LAMs) in the live countries, from July 2009 to September 2009. The objective is to encourage local stakeholders, especially local freight forwarders, to adopt e-freight in the current live markets. The first one was held in Singapore and has been used a the pilot LAM. The next ones will be held in July in Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. More details and registration forms are available at

IATA's supporting tools and partners

  • By popular demand, we have created a single extranet for IATA e-freight with a single login/password for all users. The entire content of the Implementation extranet and the MIP extranet was migrated to the new site. Please visit the new IATA e-freight extranet to find information and useful documentation about how to adopt e-freight where it is already live (you can find all the local e-FOPs of the current live locations for instance), where it is being implemented and how to participate in MIP.
  • IATA e-freight Handbook v2 which provides the reader with details to understand and implement e-freight it where possible has already been downloaded by 1221 people so far. Stakeholders can download the handbook for free at
  • The 10 IATA e-freight Preferred Partners can help you adopting e-freight by providing you with technology solutions. Don't hesitate to contact them! The list of our Preferred Partners is available at

Geographic CAPABILITY - Building the e-freight route network:
IATA 2009 board target: 5 new countries/territories; 14 new airports within existing e-freight countries/territories
The EF detailed locations' status report posted on the IATA public website at gives all the information on countries, airports and trade lanes regarding e-freight (list of live countries and airports, list of countries having passed the HLA, list of valid transit airports, list of airports likely to be live this year...) so that cargo operator can plan their adoption and roll-out of e-freight

Assessing locations' readiness

  • Chinese Taipei has been endorsed as ready to start the implementation phase. The kick-off meeting will be organised in August 2009. Stakeholders willing to do e-freight in Chinese Taipei should contact the IATA e-freight local implementation manager, Shu Yin Tan at
  • India has passed the High Level Assessment. The Detailed Level Assessment is not planned yet because of a lack of resource
  • South Africa and Greece have been proposed to be considered out of scope of the IATA engagement as the evidence shows that they will not be ready for 2010

Implementing ready locations

  • KUL airport in Malaysia isnow e-freight capable for import, export and transit. Well done to the Malaysian team!
  • Japan is planning to go live with its first e-freight shipments in July.
  • Egypt has kicked-off the e-freight implementation phase on May 26 2009. The go-live is expected at the end of July with Egyptair and the 2 freight forwarders Rock-It and DHL Global Forwarding
  • Iceland has kicked-off the e-freight implementation phase on May 6 2009.

Expanding the e-freight network within the live locations

  • USA: LAX and DFW are planned to go live as new available airports for IMPORT into the USA starting on June 25 and June 27 respectively, pending successful completion of the wet runs. Expansion to further airports on export is still under review with US CBP.
  • USA: Expansion of participation on EXPORT from ORD and JFK is now open to all new airlines or forwarders who wish to participate. Stakeholders willing to start e-freight in the US from ORD or JFK should contact the IATA e-freight local implementation manager, Alan Turpin at
  • UK: LGW is now accepting e-freight consignments, which brings to 3 the number of live airports in the UK (LHR and STN were the first 2)
  • Australia: the objective this year is to have MEL adopting e-freight. The MEL implementation will be led by Emirates and the kick-off meeting is planned on June 30. Stakeholders interested should contact the IATA e-freight local implementation manager, Shu Yin Tan at

IATA e-freight PRODUCT - Building one industry standard for the supply chain operating process and e-documents:
IATA goal in 2009:
16 supply chain documents covered by IATA e-freight and the e-AWB Model Agreement in place


  • Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods: the XML message development is completed. The Proof of Concept is now starting with a set of airlines, freight forwarders and shippers. The goal of the Proof of Concept is to use the XML standard on one or several live trade lanes to validate the XML standard and the business process. Once completed, it will pave the way to allow participants to use electronic Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods rather than signed paper copy as current.
  • The task force on Interlining continues its analysis: the As-is and To-be process have been defined and have been sent to the task force for endorsement. The next call is scheduled this month to review the Resolution 660 and Recommended Practice 1605.
  • The specifications for Intra-Customs Regime (ICR) for the European Union have been sent to the task force for endorsement. As soon as endorsed, it will be shared with CBPP for information and eCAG for endorsement.
  • The IATA e-freight project team is still working closely with AFI/FIATA and IATA member airlines to finalise the IATA model agreement for EDI (e-AWB). Recommended Practice 1670 will be communicated to CSC for mail vote as soon as the model agreement for EDI is endorsed by FIATA and IATA.

NEWS, EVENTS & MEETINGS - The IATA e-freight team all around the world:

  • IATA e-freight is featured in the World Trade Magazine "Top50 dynamic list of the people, places, and innovations that are shaping global supply chains is more environmentally-driven than ever":
  • The next eCAG (e-freight Central Action Group), the governance body of the e-freight project, composed by airlines and freight forwarders) meeting will take place on June 25 in Geneva, chaired by Guillaume Drucy, Head of IATA e-freight Implementation
  • Aleks Popovich, IATA Head of Global Cargo, and Philippe Bruyère, StB Programme Director, attended the IATA AGM held in Kuala Lumpur on June 7-9. In preparation for the AGM, KL International Airport, in cooperation with IATA, SITA and Malaysia Airlines, is showcasing Simplifying the Business at KUL. Check out the booth in the departure hall on your next trip through Kuala Lumpur!
  • Steve Smith, IATA e-freight Project Director, attended the Mercator User Forum in Dubai which was attended by more than 30 airlines and also took the opportunity to meet with Dubai Customs
  • Frédéric Léger, IATA Head of Cargo Business Process, participated in the 2nd Annual IATA Ground Operations Symposium in Cairo and moderated a panel on "IATA e-freight: where do we stand today and what role does ground handlers play"

Best regards,
The IATA e-freight team

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