Sunday 22nd Oct 2017 - Logistics & Supply Chain

US Customs to use new air cargo messaging standard

IATA’s Cargo-XML messaging standard will be use by the US Customs and Border Protection Agency (US-CBP) to collect advance cross-border data on US export shipments.

The aim is to make electronic communication between the US-CBP’s Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) system, airlines and other air cargo stakeholders simpler and more efficient.

“Airlines, freight-forwarders, shippers and border agencies share the common goals of simplifying processes, enhancing efficiency and maximising safety and security. The key to achieving this is industry collaboration and standardization on a global scale,” said Nick Careen, IATA senior vice president for airport, passenger, cargo and security.

“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’s move to the new standards is due to begin within the next few months. The US-CBP is working to reduce the considerable number of electronic data interchange message formats currently supported to process international import, export cargo and cargo release information. IATA is assisting in this effort by permitting the US-CBP to publish to the minimal data file specifications for the IATA Cargo-XML messages.

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