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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • AUG-SEPT 2016 • Page 7 QATAR Airways Cargo claims to be the first carrier to fully adopt, imple- ment and integrate the next generation messaging standard, Cargo Extensible Mark-up Language or Cargo-XML in its core cargo management system, CROAMIS. Cargo-XML messaging is an initiative mandated by the International Air Trans- port Association (IATA) as a preferred standard for electronic communication between airlines and other air cargo stakeholders such as shippers, freight forwarders, ground-handling agents, regulators, as well as Customs and security agencies. “IATA’s Cargo-XML eliminates the constraints posed by the traditional Cargo Interchange Message Proce- dures (Cargo-IMP) standard and is designed to promote greater and seamless data interfaces,” said Ulrich Ogiermann, chief cargo officer for Qatar. Air “The new messaging standard, while providing better data quality, will also simplify the electronic data interchange between airlines and other air cargo stakeholders. Cargo-XML is recognised as the universal language for improving e-commerce, and therefore facilitates growth in trade and encourages par- ticipation in global commerce through electronic data submission for all air cargo shipments. The new messaging system supports easier transmission of more electronic documents, thereby streamlining air cargo processes and reducing their costs.” “With its adoption of Cargo-XML, Qatar Airways is bringing the freight industry one step closer to achieving messaging standardisation on a global scale,” said Glyn Hughes, IATA global head of Cargo. “Achieving alignment across the industry – IATA’s goal – not only facilitates trade growth and im- proves cargo security, it also helps to ensure that the millions of tonnes of air cargo transported annually from medi- cines to crucial electronic components reach the consumer more easily.” The Cargo-XML specifications are compatible with other industry standards such as the World Customs Organisation (WCO) and International Standards Organisation (ISO), hence adopting a common messaging standard for all air cargo shipments will lead to the transfer of technically correct information between airlines and Customs. Citing passenger demand, Qatar Airways has upgraded its Doha-Sydney services from B777 to A380 equipment. Qatar Airways Cargo claims Cargo-XML ‘first’ China Southern plans WA boosts CHINA Southern Airlines is set to offer Western Australia’s food producers a freight service direct to Baiyun Inter- national Airport in Guangzhou, China, carrying fresh seafood, chilled meat, milk, fruit and vegetables. China Southern general manager WA Alex Zhao said the airline was operat- ing four flights a week from Perth to Guangzhou and was the only airline with direct access to mainland China. China Southern marketing co-ordina- tor WA Jodi Lin said the airline wanted to make the trade route as smooth as possible for WA exporters of food and wine, with minimum red tape at either end.