Quality standards organisation Cargo iQ has joined forces with the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and the Airport Services Association (ASA).

Together, the three organisations will work to set shared goals for enhanced standard practices across the air cargo supply chain, they announced. The objective of the alliance is to strengthen collaboration between forwarder, ground handler, and airline communities, working on a global basis to achieve common standards and enhanced quality.

At Cargo iQ’s most recent board meeting, it was decided that FIATA’s director general, Stéphane Graber, and ASA’s director general, Fabio Gamba, will attend all Cargo iQ board meetings as observers and work together with the board members, with a view to intensifying the co-operation.

“Cargo iQ – an interest group strongly supported by IATA - shares lots of similar goals with FIATA and ASA as all three of us strive to improve standards, data use, and processes in line with shippers’ requirements for a solid and objective quality certification programme, so why not work together instead of reinventing the wheel?” said Lothar Moehle, executive director, Cargo iQ.

“We look forward to continuing the dialogue about how we can help further each other's ambitions and progress – this is the start of a strong co-operation for the future."

FIATA represents 40,000 forwarders and logistics firms around the world, while ASA has 50 global members from across the aviation services industry, acting as the voice of the 2.3 million people servicing aircraft on the ground.

The partnership will see FIATA and ASA, which soon hopes to become an IATA- recognised entity, privy to all information about Cargo iQ and what members are actively doing in respect of quality improvement.

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