The agreement with the International Post Corporation will look at addressing security, processes and standards.

Freight growth

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Post Corporation (IPC) to ensure air mail service remains at a high standard.

IATA and IPC have made a commitment to address seven specific areas of the industry, including improving security, developing and maintaining standards, creating technological solutions, and aligning existing services.

Improving ground handling involvement, address volumetric challenges, and developing process optimization are also part of the MoU.

Ultimately, this agreement will benefit consumers through more reliable and faster delivery of cross-border airmail

Both organizations said they hoped the deal would promote the development and expansion of “safe, secure, accessible and high quality” air mail and cargo services, and please stakeholders and consumers alike.

“International e-commerce is growing at around 20% per year, leading to rapidly changing market conditions for airlines and posts,” said IATA’s Director General and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac.

“Ensuring customers get their packages on time while safety and security in postal air transport is maintained is the main priority for posts and air transport operators alike. Cooperation across the supply chain is a must and our MoU with IPC is an important step toward strengthening our activity in this area.”

IPC CEO Holger Winklbauer said the MoU was a reminder of the strong cooperation that exists between the aviation and mail industries, and welcomed the desire of both organizations to improve upon existing processes and standards.

“Both of our sectors can win from a reinforced cooperation in terms of competitiveness and quality of service,” Winklbauer said.

“Ultimately, this agreement will benefit consumers through more reliable and faster delivery of cross-border mail and packets transported by air.”