IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac says the partnership between IATA and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) is "critical" for the air cargo industry.
De Juniac was speaking at the inaugural board meeting of the IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program (IFACP).
The meeting saw de Juniac and Jean-Claude Delen, Treasurer and Past-President of FIATA, welcome forwarder and carrier representatives.
The partnership of IATA and FIATA to lead the sector globally as it changes is critical
The IFACP will provide a framework of industry standards that are relevant, in line with best practices and safety regulations.
The program is the culmination of almost five years of negotiations between carriers and forwarders on the replacement of the current IATA Cargo Agency Program, which has been in place for more than 50 years.
“The partnership of IATA and FIATA to lead the sector globally as it changes is critical,” said de Juniac,
“Air cargo also faces many challenges. Growth has slowed and the need to modernize industry processes is acute.
“I have high expectations that our work in the renewed cargo program will deliver great value to our members, the industry and the global economy.”
Delen said that after so many years of hard work from both sides, a new paradigm in the forwarder-carrier relationship has been developed.
“The IFACP’s goal is to foster greater innovation in the air cargo industry, and the role of the IATA-FIATA Governance Board (IFGB) is to deliver on that objective,” he said.
Implementing the agreed global rollout of the IFACP will be a key Board priority, as will the overseeing of the introduction of the program in Canada—the pilot country—in April 2017.