Qatar Airways Cargo is the First Carrier to Fully Adopt IATA’s Cargo-XML Standard
Qatar Airways Cargo has become the first carrier to fully adopt next generation messaging standard Cargo Extensible Mark-up Language (Cargo-XML) into their core cargo management system, CROAMIS.
International Air Transport Association (IATA) is moving towards this new system as their preferred standard for electronic communication between airlines and other air cargo stakeholders such as shippers, freight forwarders, ground-handling agents, regulators, as well as customs and security agencies. IATA’s current messaging system, Cargo Interchange Message Procedures (Cargo-IMP), is being phased out in order to eliminate the constraints posed by the aging system. The new Cargo-XML stand is designed to promote greater and seamless data interfaces. The new messaging standard will be able to provide better data quality and will also simplify the electronic data interchange between airlines and other air cargo stakeholders. Cargo-XML is recognized as the universal language for improving e-commerce, and therefore facilitates growth in trade and encourages participation in global commerce through electronic data submission for all air cargo shipments. The new messaging system supports easier transmission of more electronic documents, thereby streamlining air cargo processes and reducing their costs.
Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann said: “We are proud to be the first carrier to complete the adoption of Cargo-XML messaging standards mandated by IATA. Qatar Airways Cargo is already at the forefront, collaborating with IATA on other such initiatives. With the implementation of this new messaging standards, we are now able to offer numerous benefits to our partners in the supply chain including customers and regulatory authorities who have adopted Cargo-XML.”
“With its adoption of Cargo-XML Qatar Airways is bringing the freight industry one step closer to achieving messaging standardization on a global scale,” said Glyn Hughes, IATA Global Head of Cargo. “Achieving alignment across the industry – IATA’s goal – not only facilitates trade growth and improves cargo security, it also helps to ensure that the millions of tonnes of air cargo transported annually from medicines to crucial electronic components reach the consumer more easily.”