ACAAI clarifies report on CASS court case

The Air Cargo Agents Association of India (ACAAI) has issued a clarification regarding a Payload Asia Online report, ‘CAT rejects plea against IATA Air Cargo Rules’, saying it portrays an inaccurate view of the appeal filed by ACAAI before the Competition Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT) seeking to restrain implementation of Cargo Accounts Settlement System (CASS) by International Air Transport Association (IATA) in India.


ACAAI clarifies report on CASS court case


The Air Cargo Agents Association of India (ACAAI) has issued a clarification regarding a Payload Asia Online report, ‘CAT rejects plea against IATA Air Cargo Rules’, saying it portrays an inaccurate view of the appeal filed by ACAAI before the Competition Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT) seeking to restrain implementation of Cargo Accounts Settlement System (CASS) by International Air Transport Association (IATA) in India.

ACAAI wishes to clarify that during the hearing of the appeal, IATA made a categorical statement in Court which has been recorded in the Tribunal’s Order that CASS is a pilot project; that CASS is not mandatory either for the air cargo agent or for the airline; that any air cargo agent is free not to join the CASS Pilot project; that even if finally implemented, CASS will not be binding on any air cargo agent.

It is on the basis of this statement made by IATA that ACAAI withdrew its appeal with liberty being given to ACAAI as recorded in the Order to approach the Tribunal for redress again in case any agent was being prevailed upon to join CASS. Based on and satisfied with this categorical statement of IATA recorded in Court, ACAAI agreed to withdraw its appeal.