Security a major talking point

Delegates from 13 of the 16 FAPAA member countries wrapped up two days of meetings from 25 – 26 April in Tokyo, hosted by the JapanAircargo Forwarders Association (JAFA). For the first time the meeting was delimited by a set of legal guidelines drafted as a result of anti-trust actions currently taking place against forwarders […]


Delegates from 13 of the 16 FAPAA member countries wrapped up two days of meetings from 25 – 26 April in Tokyo, hosted by the JapanAircargo Forwarders Association (JAFA).

For the first time the meeting was delimited by a set of legal guidelines drafted as a result of anti-trust actions currently taking place against forwarders and carriers. Key issues discussed by the 37 delegates included changes to IATA’s Air Waybill conditions of contract, progress on IATA’s E-freight initiative and global CASS initiatives and cooperation with other bodies such as FIATA.

In particular the recent changes to the Air Waybill, known as Resolution 600b were discussed, with the delegates saying it was "disappointing" that the redraft did not contain a definition of "carriage" or clarification of their application.

It has been recommended that forwarders include wording, via a separate statement attached to the air waybill, that specifies that the conditions of contract apply to all carriage and not simply airport- to-airport.

Th e new document came into effect on 17 March 2008 with the FAPAA council advising that despite the fact some carriers continued to use the old waybill – for environmental, cost saving or other reasons – the new waybill is legally binding. Security took pride of place at the meeting with extensive presentations on the latest developments in the global security environment, as well as FAPAA’s various involvement with other organisations, including industry bodies and governmental organisations.