Carriers, forwarders set to embark on a new relationship

The long and often fractious relationship between the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) is set to turn over a new leaf after nearly three years of intensive discussions, although sticking points – like issues relating to CASS settlement system – remain.


The long and often fractious relationship between the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) is set to turn over a new leaf after nearly three years of intensive discussions, although sticking points – like issues relating to CASS settlement system – remain.

These talks have revolved around the fundamental issue of the need to evolve and clarify what has been the historical role of freight forwarders in their relationship with air carriers. Th is process ultimately became formalised in 2013 as the Cargo Agency Modernisation Programme (Camp).

“Discussions with FIATA have been very very productive and quite lengthy, we’ve been talking now for probably about 2.5 years, but the good news is we’ve concluded what we feel is really the bulk of the valued discussions we’ve been having,” said Glyn Hughes, IATA’s global head of cargo.

“Th e good news with regards to Camp is that we are moving from the dialogue phase into the implementation phase,” he added. Th is will see ratification by the airline cargo committee in March next year, followed by a roll out of this new programme progressively from the second quarter of 2016.

He added that while both parties have come to an agreement on a number of significant changes in the relationship between the carriers and the forwarders as represented by the two associations, they haven’t agreed on everything – a reasonable outcome given the vast distance that separated the two parties early on.