IATA-FIATA call for states to ratify MC99

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) have released a joint position paper calling for states to ratify the Montreal Convention 1999 (MC99) treaty to promote trade facilitation.


IATA-FIATA call for states to ratify MC99


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) have released a joint position paper calling for states to ratify the Montreal Convention 1999 (MC99) treaty to promote trade facilitation.

At the World Trade Organisation talks in Bali, 3-6 December, states have been urged to take steps to stimulate greater world trade, in order to promote growth in the global economy. For those states who have not yet done so, the ratification of MC99 provides the legal framework for the use of electronic data paving the way for freight forwarders and airlines to use the electronic Air Waybill and other e-freight documents such as the electronic Cargo Security Declaration.

Today over 33 per cent of global trade lanes have fully electronic customs procedures. However, wider adoption of e-freight cannot take place while some 88 states, mainly in Southeast Asia and Africa, have yet to ratify MC99.