Air freight groups join forces

Quality standards organization Cargo iQ has partnered with the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and the Airport Services Association (ASA) to set common goals for improved standard practices throughout the air cargo supply chain.

The aim of the alliance is to strengthen cooperation between freight forwarders, ground handlers and airlines and to work on a global basis to achieve common standards and improved quality.

At the last Cargo iQ board meeting, it was decided that FIATA Director General Stéphane Graber and ASA Director General Fabio Gamba will attend all Cargo iQ board meetings as observers and work with the board members to intensify cooperation in the future.

“Cargo iQ – an interest group strongly supported by IATA – shares many similar goals with FIATA and ASA as all three of us strive to improve standards, data usage and processes in line with shippers requirements for a robust and objective quality certification program. So why not work together instead of reinventing the wheel,” said Lothar Moehle, Managing Director of Cargo iQ.

“We look forward to continuing the dialogue on how we can support each other in our ambitions and progress – this is the beginning of a strong collaboration for the future.”

FIATA represents 40,000 freight forwarders and logistics companies around the world, while ASA comprises 50 global members from across the aviation services industry and acts as the voice of the 2.3 million people who service aircraft on the ground.

“FIATA is excited to attend Cargo iQ board meetings and to drive global standards together with the group and ASA,” said Graber.

“This collaboration is a key initiative to streamline air freight processes for all participants in the logistics supply chain that affect air freight.

“Together with these other key stakeholders, FIATA’s priority is to continuously improve operational processes and represent the broad and global voice of shippers in a shared, global effort.”

Through the partnership, FIATA and ASA, which aims to soon become an IATA-recognized entity, will have access to all information about Cargo iQ and what members are actively doing to improve quality.

“This initiative by Cargo iQ, FIATA and ASA to offer an observer seat on their board is spot on,” said Gamba.

“The freight value chain is very complex and only a truly holistic approach involving all key stakeholders will work. At ASA, we are excited to join, all the more so as the importance of cargo, already central to the operations of transhipment agents, during the pandemic has demonstrated the importance of a seamless and high-performing cargo platform for the world.”

Cargo iQ continues to welcome members, large and small, from across the air cargo industry to its community, and actively encourages national and regional airlines and handlers to join existing members as they seek a more standardized supply chain.

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