Canada pilots new IATA-FIATA air cargo program
The new IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program (IFACP) has been launched in Canada. This new program replaces the existing IATA Cargo Agency Program and will be jointly managed by forwarders and airlines as equal partners in the decision making process.
Over the years the role of the forwarder has evolved from the original concept of acting solely as a sales agent for the airlines, to the current business relationship whereby the forwarder routinely contracts directly with the airline as a customer on a principal-to-principal basis.
The IFACP is the culmination of over five years joint discussion between representatives of the airline and forwarding community to bring about the changes needed to replace the existing IATA Cargo Agency Program that was established during the 1960’s. A new IATA-FIATA Governance Board (IFGB) has been established to run the program, which provides a framework of industry standards that are relevant and in line with best practice.
Canada was chosen as the first territory to pilot the new program because it is a mature market with an excellent working relationship between the forwarding community and the airlines. It was felt that the communication aspects could be managed effectively and any unforeseen issues could be addressed during the pilot period.
After the Canadian pilot, the IFACP will be rolled out globally. More information will about the implementation timelines will be made available by the IFGB in due course.