(13 Aug 2021)
IATA and UNCTAD have extended their collaboration to
facilitate international trade, particularly e-commerce.
The two organizations have a long history of
working together, and successfully integrated air cargo messaging
standards (Cargo-XML) into UNCTAD’s automated customs management
The next stage of the collaboration will focus on
enabling ASYCUDAWorld to manage e-commerce shipments more
efficiently. It will include adding a risk assessment for mail
shipments and facilitating access to the IATA enhanced partner
identification and connectivity (EPIC) platform.
This will enable customs authorities to share
advance cargo/mail information requirements across the digitized
supply chain (airlines, freight forwarders, ground handlers and
third-party messaging service providers).
The collaboration will also include the potential
exchange of additional operational electronic information such as
air cargo rules, flight schedules and others that can assist
customs officials in their risk assessments.
“UNCTAD and IATA are working together to support
the economic opportunities of e-commerce by modernizing the data
exchange needed for customs clearance,” said Nick Careen, IATA’s
Senior Vice President for Operations, Safety and Security. “Global
standards enable accurate information and effective
risk-assessments. This in turn promotes stronger compliance and
will contribute to a safe supply chain, which should give the
authorities the confidence to modernize processes.”
Approximately 100 countries currently deploy the
latest version of ASYCUDAWorld.
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