Etihad Cargo implements Cargo-XML standard

Etihad Cargo has become the first cargo airline in the Gulf region to implement Cargo-XML, the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) new technology standard for air cargo communications.


Etihad Cargo implements Cargo-XML standard


Etihad Cargo has become the first cargo airline in the Gulf region to implement Cargo-XML, the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) new technology standard for air cargo communications. Developed collaboratively with industry stakeholders, Cargo-XML removes the requirement for cargo paper documentation, otherwise known as an Air Waybill. The technology is now used by a growing number of airlines and other air cargo supply chain stakeholders, including shippers, freight forwarders, ground-handling agents, regulators as well as customs and security agencies.

Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways chief planning and strategy officer, said: “The implementation of Cargo-XML follows close collaboration with Abu Dhabi Customs and other stakeholders, and marks a major step in establishing Abu Dhabi as an e-Freight airport. By implementing Cargo-XML, a technology that is more flexible and robust than previous standards, Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi are now positioned as e-Freight leaders across the Gulf region.

A unique feature of the system allows Abu Dhabi Customs to receive advance notification of all Abu Dhabi-bound cargo on Etihad Airways’ flights. This will enhance processing time through our hub.”