FTW Pick: Will new Iata/Fiata agreement be the death of agents?

Freight forwarders and consolidators are questioning whether they will still have a role to play once the International Air Transport Association (Iata)/ International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (Fiata) Air Cargo Programme (IFACP) is implemented globally.

The programme – set to replace the current Iata/Fiata Cargo Agency Programme – was developed to meet the evolving needs of the air cargo industry and paves the way for air cargo carriers to deal directly with shippers rather than through agents.

It was piloted in Canada last year and is expected to roll out globally this year, according to Juan Antonio Rodriguez, Iata director of Flight Dispatch Services (FDS) operations.

He explained that previously cargo agents were “selling agents” for, and on behalf of, airlines, whereas today the clear majority of forwarders were “purchasing customers” from those airlines, and their business relationship was often as buyer and seller.

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