The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) have released a joint position paper calling for states to ratify the Montreal Convention 1999 (MC99) treaty to promote trade facilitation.
At the World Trade Organization talks in Bali, 3-6 December, states have been urged to take steps to stimulate greater world trade, in order to promote growth in the global economy. For thosestates who have not yet done so, the ratification of MC99 would be an important step in helping improve the speed, security and efficiency of Air Cargo. MC99 provides the legal framework for theuse of electronic data as a record of carriage in place of paper documents, thus paving the way for Freight Forwarders and airlines to use the electronic Air Waybill and other e-freight documentssuch as the electronic Cargo Security Declaration.
Today over 33% of global trade lanes have fully electronic customs procedures. However, wider adoption of e-freight cannot take place while some 88 states, mainly in South East Asia and Africa, have yet to ratify MC99. The importance of this issue to governments was emphasized at the 38th ICAO Assembly in September-October, where states passed a resolution urging all remainingstates to ratify MC99.
Stanley H. H. Lim, the immediate Past President of FIATA said:
"Air cargo is an essential motor of the global economy with some 35% of world trade by value going by air. But air cargo efficiency is hampered by the need to process up to 30 paper documentsfor each shipment. This is economically and environmentally wasteful. MC99 facilitates international paperless shipments by air and it is vital that governments that have not yet ratified the treaty doso as quickly as possible."
Des Vertannes, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo, said:
"This joint position paper shows that FIATA and IATA are united in our desire to push forward with the e-freight agenda. $6.4 trillion of world trade is carried by air and the successful implementationof electronic data messaging across all trade lanes would dramatically increase the safety, security, efficiency and speed of air cargo shipments. With the global round of trade talks going througha challenging phase, Governments across the world are looking for 'quick wins' to enhance world trade, and ratification of MC99 offers them that opportunity."
The position paper can be accessed at: http://www.fiata.com/index.php?id=571
The paper can also be accessed at this link: http://www.iata.org/policy/Pages/mc99.aspx
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IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents some 240 airlines comprising 84% of global air traffic. Over 60 years, IATA has developed the commercial standards that built a globalindustry. Today, IATA’s mission is to represent, lead and serve the airline industry. IATA works with its members and global regulatory authorities to improve aviation safety, security,environmental performance and efficiency. It seeks to improve understanding of the industry among decision makers and increase awareness of the benefits that aviation brings to national andglobal economies. IATA can be followed at http://twitter.com/iata2press for news specially catered for the media.
FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations was founded in Vienna, Austria on May 31, 1926. It is a non-governmental organization that today represents anindustry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing around 8-10 million people in some 160 countries. FIATA has consultative status with the Economic and SocialCouncil (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (inter alia ECE, ESCAP, ESCWA), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International TradeLaw (UNCITRAL). It is recognized as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organizations, governmental authorities, private international organizations in the fieldof transport such as the European Commission (through CLECAT), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Union ofRailways (UIC), the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the World Customs Organization (WCO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), etc.