On Tuesday April 28th, IATA held a worldwide
conference call with over 500 people to provide an update on air cargo
in the COVID-19 world.
This was the first time that IATA had used
a forum such as this and advised that they will be holding more webinars
In fact, the next webinar will be held on
May 5th and will be focused on Transport of cargo on aircraft configured
for the carriage of passengers. More information here.
Worldwide Attention To Air Cargo
IATA’s Glyn Hughes and several of
his team members provided insight into the many things that have been
going on within the industry.
Glyn talked about how airlines are developing
capacity and have begun use of passenger aircraft to cargo flight application
and how IATA has been providing guidance to its members on ground operations,
loading and additional ways to watch for the carriage of dangerous goods
and special handling cargo.
DG expert, David Brennan provided how IATA is working with international
organizations like ICAO and regulators on ensuring that handling of dangerous
goods is important as ever and the special requirements for cargo when
it comes to being placed in the passenger cabin.
Andrea Gruber provided overview of the importance
in special handling of life saving goods that are needed during this special
Takeaway here is that it is imperative as
ever that pharma shipments be able to move but in a way that follows the
important guidelines set under the IATA CEIV-Pharma certification.
Regulatory issues that airlines face in
the daily changes of government regulatory issues were addressed by Gordon
Wright, IATA’s Head of Cargo Border Management.
Airlines and shippers have faced regulatory issues across the world and
IATA teams have helped to reduce the red tape so air cargo can move smoothly.
Issues on regulatory training requirements,
how to use electronic documents and aircraft landing rights are all on
the plate daily and IATA continues to work through those issues for its
members and the air cargo community.