IATA Regulations For Shipping Air Cargo: What You Need To Know


IATA regulations for the carriage of air cargo

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations for the carriage of air cargo are essential to ensure that your cargo is safe and complies with international law. Different types of air cargo have different regulations, so it is important to know which category your cargo falls into, as this blog talks about the IATA regulations for shipping different types of air cargo.

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What are the regulations for transporting air cargo?

There are many regulations for transporting air cargo, some of which are listed below:

  1. The cargo must be adequately packed and labeled.
  2. The cargo must be free of dangerous goods.
  3. The size and total weight of the cargo must not exceed the limits of the aircraft.
  4. The cargo must be booked through an IATA airline member.
  5. Declaration of cargo contents.
  6. Declaration of the value of the cargo.
  7. Cargo insurance.
  8. Certificate of origin of the shipment.

All in all, there are many other relevant regulations aimed at ensuring the safety and security of the cargo and the people handling it.

Types of air cargo

There are various types of air cargo and the IATA has regulations in place to ensure the safe and efficient transportation of cargo. Below is an overview of the different types of air cargo and the IATA regulations that apply to them.

  • General cargo

General cargo is the most common type of air cargo, and it includes items such as clothing, furniture, and electronics. These items are usually packed in containers or pallets and then loaded onto the aircraft using handling equipment such as a conveyor belt or lift.

The IATA regulations for general cargo require that all items are properly packed and secured to prevent damage caused by movement during transport. It also specifies the maximum weight and size of containers and pallets, and the maximum number of items that can be loaded onto an aircraft.

  • Dangerous goods

Dangerous goods pose threat to safety during transport, such as explosives, toxic gases and flammable liquids. These packages must be properly packed and labeled to ensure safe handling during transport.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations for dangerous goods are very detailed and specific, covering everything from the type of packaging used to the procedures for loading and unloading these items.

  • Live animals

Live animals are another type of air cargo for which the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has set specific regulations to ensure their safety during transport. These regulations cover everything from the type of container that can be used to the minimum space that must be provided for each animal.

IATA also requires that all live animals must provide a health certificate and be checked at the airport at least three hours before the flight takes off.

  • Perishable goods

Perishable goods such as flowers, food, and medicines are items that can deteriorate or spoil if stored incorrectly. They must also be maintained at the correct temperature and humidity during transport to prevent them from deteriorating.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations for perishable goods specify the minimum and maximum temperatures to which these items can be exposed, and the maximum time they can be stored without refrigeration. These regulations also require perishable goods to be packed in special containers to maintain the correct temperature and humidity.

  • Valuable Goods

Valuable goods are items of high value, such as jewelry, artwork, and currency. These items must be adequately packed and insured with the aim of protecting them from damage or theft during transport.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations for valuable goods require that these items be packed in tamper-proof containers and insured for their total value. In addition, they specify the maximum value of goods to be transported for valuables.

IATA regulations

IATA has developed regulations for the transport of these different types of air cargo. The regulations are designed to ensure the safe and efficient transportation of these cargoes and are regularly updated to reflect the latest industry standards.

When transporting air cargo, it is important to ensure that you are familiar with the latest IATA regulations and that your cargo complies with them. Failure to do so can lead to a series of issues such as delays, damage, or even rejection of your shipment.

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