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Clearly defined processes on the apron and elsewhere: the Cargo iQ initiative sets globally recognized standards for the airfreight industry
Photo: Alex Kraus
Quality is of paramount importance in airfreight. Although only a fraction of the global transport volume reaches its destination via airfreight, the value of these goods is far higher. In 2015, the share of German overseas exports transported via airfreight in terms of tonnage was just 2.6 percent. Yet when taking the merchandise value into account, this figure stood at almost 30 percent. The lifeblood of an industry tasked with transporting such valuable commodities are smooth and clearly defined processes – which is precisely why Cargo iQ was launched.
The initiative, founded under the auspices of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), includes some 80 major airlines, freight forwarders, ground-handling agents, trucking companies and IT solution providers around the world. DB Schenker is a founding member of this not-for-profit group, which previously operated under the name “Cargo 2000.” Cargo iQ has developed a system of shipment planning and performance monitoring for air cargo based on common business processes and milestones. As part of that system, the Master Operating Plan (MOP) describes the standard end-to-end process of transporting air cargo. The declared aim is to improve the value of airfreight for the customers.