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Panalpina’s Air Freight pros use IATA digital industry encyclopedia

News   •   Feb 19, 2019 14:30 GMT

By accessing TACT Online, Panalpina ensures that its Air Freight pros are using the most up-to-date digital IATA manuals. (Photo: IATA)

Panalpina is the first freight forwarder to subscribe globally for digital IATA manuals access. Panalpina Air Freight specialists worldwide can now access online the latest regulations and industry standards. This way, Panalpina offers faster and even more efficient services while ensuring safer and greener Air Freight operations.

There is no other industry that regularly transports people and goods across international borders as the aviation industry does. To ensure safe and secure trips for passengers and cargo, air transport is heavily regulated. Over decades, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has established comprehensive standards and guidelines, carefully construed in various publications for cargo, passengers, flight operations and other related subjects, to make air transport for passengers and cargo as safe as possible. The manuals are followed by Panalpina as by aviation industry stakeholders.

The latest and up-to-date regulatory and industry e-Library for Panalpina’s professionals

Freight forwarders, as a link between shippers and airlines, have a great responsibility to provide safe air freight services. In order to be always on top of the latest regulatory requirements and industry standards, Panalpina is now adopting the new, digitally available version of the IATA manuals on a global scale. The online industry publications are accessible to Panalpina Air Freight specialists worldwide to ensure use of the manuals on a daily basis as easily and quickly as possible.

The most relevant IATA content for Panalpina includes the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, The Air Cargo Tariff and Rules (TACT), the Lithium Batteries Shipping Guidelines, as well as the Regulations for Live Animals, Perishables, Temperature Control and ULDs. With over five million rates, rules and regulations for more than 220 countries and almost 100 airlines, TACT is the definitive source for shipping and accepting air cargo. By accessing TACT’s 5,500 pages of rates, rules and regulations electronically, Panalpina further reduces its environmental impact.

“In September 2018, Panalpina was the first forwarder to transport a paperless Dangerous Goods (e-DGD) shipment and from early on, we took responsibility to be leading in compliance along the supply chain. With online availability of the IATA manuals, we can further mitigate operational and legal risks, for example when flying lithium batteries or chemicals. Thumbing through heavy books is definitely a thing of the past for our professionals. All the information they need and seek – often under great time pressure – is now only a mouse click away. This makes our shipment processing even faster and more efficient, while ensuring safer and greener Air Freight operations,” says Lucas Kuehner, Panalpina's global head of Air Freight.

IATA and Panalpina to extend cooperation into training

“By using IATA Solutions globally, Panalpina is the first mover to adopt 100% electronic publications, setting the benchmark for other industry players.We will continue our strong partnership with Panalpina to further optimize cargo compliance and standardization and extend our close cooperation into more areas such as training,” says IATA’s Frederic Leger, director Products, Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security.

IATA represents 290 airlines comprising 82% of global air traffic. Panalpina is the world’s fourth largest Air Freight forwarder by volume. In 2018, Panalpina transported more than one million tons of air freight.