The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Post Corporation (IPC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote the development and expansion of safe, secure, accessible and high-quality airmail and air cargo services to help their respective members provide quality solutions aligned to consumer needs.
The MoU, according to IATA, will bring IATA and IPC to work together to improve the security, handover, carriage, delivery and settlement of airmail between postal operators and air carriers. This includes e-commerce, economic and commercial matters.
It will improve the involvement of ground handlers and other industry stakeholders on matters concerning airmail; align existing services and solutions, along with developing new ones to ensure harmonized compatibility and efficient application of resources.
The MoU will also address volumetric challenges, through initiatives such as Air Packet Box, and allocation and booking procedures for airmail, and find technology-based standards and solutions for piece level tracking in airmail. Speaking on the development, Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO, IATA, said “International e-commerce is growing at around 20% per year, leading to rapidly changing market conditions for airlines and posts. Ensuring customers get their packages on time while safety and security in postal air transport is maintained is the main priority for posts and air transport operators alike. Cooperation across the supply chain is a must and our MoU with IPC is an important step toward strengthening our activity in this area.”
The CEO of IPC, Holger Winklbauer, said “For more than 10 years, the cooperation between airlines and postal operators has enhanced processes and increased visibility of airmail transport. With this agreement, we want to further strengthen our ties and identify further opportunities for cooperation and joint developments. Both of our sectors can win from a reinforced cooperation in terms of competitiveness and quality of service. Ultimately, this agreement will benefit consumers through more reliable and faster delivery of cross-border mail and packets transported by air.”