Customs, airlines to enjoy seamless communication – IATA, WCO

Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali

For easy communication between airlines and customs authorities globally, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the World Customs Organisation (WCO) have synergised by fully integrated their electronic communication tools – IATA’s Cargo-XML messaging standard and WCO’s Cargo Targeting Systems (WCO CTS).
WCO CTS is a a risk assessment tool that is available to all WCO member countries worldwide.
According to IATA, “the integration of Cargo-XML in the WCO CTS enables electronic communication between airlines and customs authorities using the IATA Cargo-XML standards format. This will make communication simpler and more effective, and facilitate more accurate risk assessments by customs authorities using the WCO CTS application to capture advance electronic cargo manifest information.”
Speaking on the development, Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, said the integration of the tools would simplify processes, enhancing efficiency and maximising safety and security of cargo and airlines.
“Simplifying processes, enhancing efficiency; and maximizing safety and security are in everybody’s interest–shippers, border authorities and airlines. Collaboration is critical. And the integration of Cargo-XML into WCO CTS is the latest example of the positive results that can be achieved. About a third of the value of goods traded across borders are transported by air. We look forward to the further expansion of our vital work with the WCO in support of efficient world trade,” said Alexandre de Juniac.
According to Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, “Effective electronic data exchange is integral for Customs authorities to build accurate risk assessments of cargo shipments. Integrating Cargo-XML into the WCO CTS will allow customs authorities using this tool to easily access detailed information about shipments, profile these shipments and identify those presenting a high-risk. Using standardized and quality information is key to enhancing security, expedite customs clearance, optimize customs resources and facilitate global trade.”
IATA’s Cargo-XML eliminates the constraints posed by the traditional Cargo Interchange Message Procedures (Cargo-IMP) standard and is designed to promote broader and seamless data interfaces. Cargo-XML is recognized as the universal language for improving e-commerce and therefore facilitates growth in trade and encourages participation in global commerce through electronic data submission for all air cargo shipments.

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