IATA announces cargo digitalisation leadership charter

Cathay Cargo, CHAMP, IAG Cargo, IBS Software, GLS, LATAM Cargo & Lufthansa Cargo are inaugural signatories

IATA announces first signatories to air cargo digitalisation leadership charter

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the launch of the IATA digitalisation leadership charter at the IATA World Cargo Symposium in Hong Kong.

Cathay Cargo, CHAMP Cargosystems, Global Logistics System (HK) Company (GLS), IAG Cargo, IBS Software, LATAM Cargo and Lufthansa Cargo are the inaugural signatories of the charter, says an official release from IATA.

"The digitalisation leadership charter aims to accelerate the air cargo industry’s digitalisation journey by committing to five key guiding principles. Developed in consultation with IATA’s cargo advisory council members, airlines and the wider air cargo community, the charter seeks to drive innovation, enhance efficiency and promote a sustainable and harmonised digital transformation. Central to the charter is the importance of data sharing using IATA ONE Record for smooth and efficient data exchange."

Brendan Sullivan, Global Head of Cargo, IATA says: “Digitalisation is imperative for the air cargo industry. It requires alignment to ensure a unified and effective approach. IATA has introduced the digitalization leadership charter to spearhead this alignment. By adhering to the charter's principles—adopting industry-wide standards, championing sustainability, ensuring ethical technology use and upholding digital leadership — the charter sets a benchmark for excellence."

The digital leadership guiding principles include commitments to:

*Developing a unified and collaborative digital strategy that champions interoperability and the use of global standards across the entire supply chain.

*Enhancing organisational resilience through building robust digital infrastructure and implementing strategies that safeguard against cybersecurity risks while ensuring the responsible use of generative AI.

*Pursuing sustainable digitalisation with a focus on supporting eco-friendly technology initiatives.

*Pursuing digital excellence by staying ahead of digital trends, ensuring secure and sustainable practices, and establishing industry best practices; and

*Using new technology ethically when embracing emerging technologies.

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