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New messaging standards

Following sub-Working Group meetings hosted at the end of 2021, Cargo iQ is celebrating several technical improvements to its Quality Management Programme.

Three new messaging standards have been developed to support the implementation of new milestones, the indication of milestone failure reasons and the communication of requested and confirmed shipment service parameters.

The FIW (Freight into Warehouse) and FOW (Freight out of Warehouse) milestones have been added to the route map, which monitors the journey of a shipment, to mark shipment handover between the warehouse handler and the ramp handler and vice versa.

To enable adoption of FOW/FIW milestones, new coding for the XFSU/FSU standard was developed, with new elements “Type of Load”, “Handover Location”, “Geolocation” and “Utilized Bulk Transport Equipment” added. “Serviceability Code” was added to the ULD section of the CargoXML message.

The (X)FSU/DIS was also amended to accommodate exception handling, with the addition of a new discrepancy code and the use of the OSI line to communicate three levels of exceptions in a standardized way.

The third standard was designed to communicate service parameters for a shipment, for example the time-defined service, which enables airlines to offer a time window-based rather than flight-specific service to freight forwarders. This uses the XFFR messaging standard, with the addition of a Service Parameters section.

All standards have been developed in conjunction with IATA, between IATA’s Cargo Messaging Working Group and a sub-Working Group of Cargo iQ.

These new milestones and associated messaging standards will also support anticipated future technological developments in the industry.

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