IATA’s Cargo-XML messaging standard has now been fully integrated into ASYCUDA World, an automated customs management system developed by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and used by 90 countries worldwide.
The integration of Cargo-XML in ASYCUDA World standardizes the electronic communications between airlines and customs authorities using the program.
The new data standard reduces message duplication and simplifies communication across the supply chain.
It takes the industry one step closer to achieving the global adoption of a standard air cargo messaging system
Cargo-XML makes it easier for airlines, freight forwarders and shippers to ensure that they are complying with the World Customs Organization (WCO) and local regulators.
“Having a standard air cargo digital messaging system between customs authorities, airlines and other air cargo stakeholders is fundamental to enhancing efficiency, driving trade growth, and maximizing safety and security across the industry,” said Glyn Hughes, IATA Global Head, Cargo.
“The successful partnership with UNCTAD means that airlines, freight-forwarders, shippers and border agencies in over 90 countries can now talk the same digital language.
"It takes the industry one step closer to achieving the global adoption of a standard air cargo messaging system.”
Shamika N. Sirimanne, Director of UNCTAD's Division on Technology and Logistics, said electronic data interchange is an integral component of customs modernization programs.
"We're delighted to support IATA Cargo-XML standards in the ASYCUDA system, which ultimately will help trade efficiency, improve custom clearance and enhance security through risk assessment procedures,” she added.