Newsletter – May 23, 2018
Joint IATA-CIFFA Letter Confirms Suspension of IFACP in Canada; IATA Canadian Air Cargo Program Remains Active
source : CIFFA
On May 22, IATA and CIFFA released a joint letter to all forwarders participating in the IATA Canadian Air Cargo Program addressing the IFACP pilot in Canada.
There was strong support for the new IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program (IFACP), with some 80% – a vast majority of the IATA cargo agency community in Canada – having signed and returned their IFACP Forwarder Agreements and with Canada the global pilot for the new program.
IATA and FIATA “continue to assess the valuable experiences gained from the Canadian market during this pilot in order to ensure an effective launch of the IFACP in the future globally,” the letter said.
In view thereof, the IATA-FIATA Governance Board (IFGB), which governs the IFACP, met in early March to conduct a thorough review of the experience and lessons learned and to evaluate various new proposals in respect of the IFACP Forwarder Agreement.
In order to allow sufficient time to thoroughly review and consider these new proposals, the IFGB decided to suspend the implementation of the IFACP in Canada until further notice.
As a result, the letter confirmed that the IATA Canadian Air Cargo Program remains active and forwarders’ status as IATA Cargo Intermediary remains valid.
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