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United States Customs joins IATA Cargo-XML standard


IATA Cargo-XML standard

The United States Customs and Border Protection (US CBP) agency has announced it is adopting the Cargo-XML standard. This is a schema promoted by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for e-communications between airlines and other freight industry stakeholders. Through this standard, which replaces Cargo-IMP, the organization aims to streamline processes associated with the sector, while enhancing security and boosting efficiency.

The US CBP plans to roll out a project plan with this new schema in September. A few months later, airlines, freight forwarders and logistic operators may start using Cargo-XML standard in their communications with the customs authorities. However, in an initial phase, the new schema will only be used in exports. It will be extended to imports at a later date.

A total of four message types may be exchanged electronically:

  • XFWB - XML Waybill
  • XFZB - XML House Waybill
  • XFFM - XML Flight Manifest
  • XFNM - XML Response Message

The CBP’s acceptance of the Cargo-XML schema will be an endorsement of this standard for the entire air freight industry worldwide. The IATA’s goal is for communications in the sector to eventually become fully paperless.

EDICOM Air, an international solution

The IATA-certified EDICOM Air platform is a solution that lets you automate the creation of air freight documents in line with the Cargo-XML standard. Moreover, the platform is of global scope, designed to connect with the airlines, forwarding agents and customs of any airport adapted to this electronic schema worldwide. Among them, connectivity with the US CBP will also soon be possible.

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