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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • JUNE-JULY 2016 • Page 3 IATA, FIATA approve modernising program under ‘IFACP’ banner AFTER a nearly-four-year process to modernise the relation- ship between freight forwarders and airlines, the Interna- tional Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) have signed off on the IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program (IFACP), which replaces the IATA Cargo Agency Program. The new program moves decision-making on the rules governing the airline-forwarder relationship from an air- line-led conference to a governance body – the IATA-FIATA Governance Board (IFGB) - jointly managed by forwarders and airlines and designed to better reflect today’s market conditions. “IATA and FIATA have reached an important agreement on a new, jointly-managed air cargo program. “The IFACP will provide a framework to ensure industry standards are relevant, pragmatic and fit for purpose. These standards cover the endorsement of freight forwarders and more broadly the safe, secure and efficient transportation of air cargo shipments,” said Aleks Popovic, IATA senior vice president Financial and Distribution Services. “The Cargo Agency Program needed to be updated. IFACP will eliminate unnecessary administrative procedures and costs as well as freeing up valuable resources to tackle the complex challenges that today’s global trade presents. These include regulatory compliance, safety and security and the introduction of new technologies. This agreement paves the way for a more successful future for the fastest and most fascinating mode of international transport,” said Rudi Sagel, chairman of FIATA’s Airfreight Institute (AFI). The phased rollout of IFACP will begin in early 2017 with Canada as the pilot country. It is anticipated that the full global rollout will be completed by end 2018. The public sig- nature with the common endorsement of the agreement will take place at the October FIATA World Congress in Dublin, Ireland. “The structure of the new agreement better reflects the new business models and the buyer-seller relationship that exists today between forwarders and airlines,” said Sagel. “With the establishment of IFGB, the industry will be better equipped to achieve key goals including e-cargo priorities of greater efficiency and shared values, clarifying of supply chain liability, improving compliance with safety and secu- rity standards through a more co-ordinated and concerted industry approach. “The IFGB governance structure will reduce the admin- istrative burden in managing the program as it includes the involvement of forwarders as equal partners in the deci- sion-making process, which correctly reflects the princi- pal-to-principal relationship existing today between freight forwarders and airlines.” There is no immediate impact on IATA cargo agents; the current participants of the IATA Cargo Agency/Intermediary Program will be provided with a new IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program Agreement when the program implementation process begins in their country. Upon execution and receipt of the completed Agreement, each Endorsed Freight Forwarder will join the new program. No further assessment will be required. New entrants will be granted access to the IFACP in ac- cordance with the program’s rules, which are designed to be more reflective of how the air cargo business functions in today’s market. Additional information on this development is available both on FIATA’s (www.fiata.com) and IATA’s (www.iata.org) websites. STG Aerospace supports Orbis Cabin lighting specialist STG Aerospace has had its floor path marking system, saf-Tglo installed on the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital. Orbis, a non-profit organisation that fights blindness around the world and is based in new York, operates the Flying Eye Hospital, the world’s only mobile ophthalmic teaching hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft, taking the very latest ophthalmological knowledge and surgical skills to local hospitals around the world. The aircraft, an MD-10-30CF was previously operated by FedEx which subsequently donated it to Orbis. Today the aircraft is flown by a team of volunteer FedEx pilots.