Answering the need of air cargo shippers for timely information, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a free online platform that helps match shipping needs with the availability of infrastructure capabilities and certifications of service providers across the the air cargo supply chain.
Dubbed IATA ONE Source, the platform lists the latest operational information on airlines, airports, cargo handling facilities, freight forwarders, ground handlers, shippers, and trucking companies.
The trade association ensures critical information on ONE Source has been verified, which is expected to benefit shippers of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals who need accurate information for time- and temperature-sensitive shipments amidst a global crisis.
“Air cargo has been essential in the global fight against COVID-19, transporting vital equipment and medicines to those who need them most. However, with over 3,500 differently sized cargo handling facilities worldwide, the industry until now has lacked visibility on the capacities and services these facilities can offer. The need for greater transparency is even more critical in the current context. ONE Source addresses this by providing a single reference point for up-to-date infrastructure and certification data, helping save time and keep air cargo moving,” said Glyn Hughes, IATA’s global head of cargo.
ONE Source is part of the IATA Smart Facility programme, an initiative to create transparency in cargo handling services and enhance essential cargo operational capabilities to a consistently higher baseline level across the industry.