Global Freight Forwarders join forces with IATA for Air Cargo Rates Distribution

DB Schenker, Agility Logistics and Hellmann Worldwide Logistics have joined forces with IATA and its Air Cargo Rates Distribution platform, IATA Net Rates, for management of the full air cargo rates spectrum.

IATA Net Rates has been developed by and for the industry, to serve not only airlines and GSAs to help them streamline the distribution of all their cargo rates, but also for freight forwarders to access a unique one-stop-shop for all their air cargo rates needs.

Sven Heinemann, Head of Global Data & Contract Management Air/Ocean, DB Schenker, mentioned that “The IATA  Net Rates Tool is an enabler to make our carrier rates fully automatic available in our Schenker’s internal rate management systems. This will reduce manual effort and increase volume and data quality tremendously. We need all major airlines to participate in the program to enable fully automated end-to-end connectivity”.

IATA Net Rates announced during the last World Cargo Symposium that Qatar Airways had joined the platform, as the official launch carrier, and is actively working with global and regional airlines to join the program shortly.

Glyn Hughes, IATAs Global Head of Cargo remarked, “IATA is very pleased to be working with such an important and growing list of major freight forwarders.  Electronic tariff distribution is one important component of modernizing the entire distribution function.”

IATA Net Rates work closely with key industry groups, for the development of API standards and the integration of the solution with other IATA standards such as ONE Record and Cargo XML.

Shawn Lee, Director, Global Airfreight Product, Agility Logistics indicated that Agility expects that our carrier partners will also see the benefits in using IATA Net Rate and believes that this will be the industry-wide standard in the future. It gives us full visibility at the headquarter level, which facilitates our global procurement process».

Adding the global networks of three major freight forwarders prove that the industry is eager to develop programs that will protect their interests and support the digital transformation.

Jan Kleine-Lasthues, Global Head of Airfreight, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, added that “we need more airlines joining IATA Net Rates to make it “the” industry platform for air cargo rates distribution. IATA plays an important role in working with airlines to support standardization and facilitate implementation, and we expect more carriers to join the program shortly”.

Frederic Leger, Director, Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security Products at IATA highlighted that IATA Net Rates fits perfectly within the vision and mission of IATA to develop standards, remove the paper with technology that brings efficiency to the industry and engage with all parties to join. IATA Net Rates is a neutral platform run by the air transport association for the benefits of the industry».

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