Why use IATA Manuals?

IATA offers the air transport industry a comprehensive suite of products on a multitude of topics. Ranging from regulations and standards to guidance material, these manuals are designed to promote safety and optimize efficient operations.

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Safety is our #1 priority. We help the industry to operate safely, securely and efficiently under clearly defined rules.

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For over 75 years, IATA has developed global commercial standards upon which the air transport industry is built.

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IATA guidelines are standardized so that they meet the requirements and often surpass those set by airlines and aviation regulators.

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for the industry
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IATA works closely with aviation stakeholders to develop standards that are practical, efficient and aligned with industry needs.

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Updates to the manuals are done every year to comply with the latest regulations, trends and best practices.

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COVID-19 & 2021 Updates: IATA Manuals include all necessary information about new regulations taking effect as of 2021 as well as COVID-19 changes made to the regulations and how they impact shipping and cargo operations.

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Dangerous goods


DANGEROUS GOODS REGULATIONS (DGR)

62th Edition – Effective 1 January - 31 December 2021

Airlines, freight forwarders, ground handlers and shippers like you rely on the IATA DGR guidelines every day to make sure dangerous goods are transported safely.

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LITHIUM BATTERY SHIPPING GUIDELINES (LBSG)

8th Edition – Effective 1 January - 31 December 2021

Lithium batteries, if not properly designed and manufactured can fail and catch fire. To help address this, we’ve put together the LBSG; a manual with all the information manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, freight forwarders and others in the supply chain need to ensure compliance when shipping lithium batteries.

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INFECTIOUS SUBSTANCES SHIPPING GUIDELINES (ISSG)

16th Edition – Effective 1 January 2021 – 31 December 2022

The ISSG is the complete, plain language guide to transporting any sort of infectious substance quickly and safely. In the case of laboratory tests, delays due to shipping problems сould mean a delay to initiating the necessary public health response or identifying the treatment required for a patient. It complies with movement of COVID-19 specimens.

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Special Cargo


PERISHABLE CARGO REGULATIONS (PCR)

20th Edition – Effective 1 January - 31 December 2021

Fast, reliable perishable shipping is the backbone of the food and flower businesses. Failures along the cold chain, which can be catastrophic for small businesses, are usually due to improper labelling or poor packaging. The PCR has all the up-to-date, best-practice information you need to develop loss-minimizing perishable shipping processes.

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TEMPERATURE CONTROL REGULATIONS (TCR)

9th Edition – Effective 1 January - 31 December 2021

Transporting vaccines, blood and medication quickly and safely is more important now than ever. Not only are the products themselves time and temperature sensitive, but the people they are meant to help often don’t have time to wait. The TCR contains all the information you need to ship compliant temperature-sensitive products.

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LIVE ANIMALS REGULATIONS (LAR)

47th Edition – Effective 1 January - 31 December 2021

Live animal transport is a complex, high-touch process involving everyone from animal handlers to airline staff to freight forwarders. Getting the labelling or marking wrong or misunderstanding government regulations can have catastrophic consequences. The LAR has all the information you need to make sure the animals arrive at their destination in good health.

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AIRPORT HANDLING (AHM)

41th Edition – Effective 1 January - 31 December 2021

The AHM contains all the industry-approved policies and standards to support safe and efficient ground operations above and below the wing.

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GROUND OPERATIONS (IGOM)

10th Edition – Effective 1 April 2021 – 31 March 2022

The IGOM standardizes ground handling processes and procedures to reduce the complexity between working with multiple arlines, airports and ground service providers. Standardizing ground and ramp operations for airlines can help drive down costs, reduce the risk of aircraft damages and simplify training requirements. The IGOM has also been known as an acceptable means of compliance for a reference tool for ISAGO audits.

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ULD REGULATIONS (ULDR)

9th Edition – Effective 1 January - 31 December 2021

ULDs are the leading cause of aircraft damage on the ground. ULD regulations help ground handlers and airline workers process freight efficiently and safely while reducing delays, fines and aircraft damage.

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CARGO HANDLING (ICHM)

5th Edition – Effective 1 January - 31 December 2021

Widely used by anyone in the cargo handling chain, the ICHM is the number one source for cargo operations standards. It helps airlines and cargo handlers operate more effectively together in order to improve efficiency and safety in air cargo operations.

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Compassionate Transportation (CTM)

1st Edition – Effective June 1 2020

The CTM consolidates the requirements for the airline acceptance and transport of human remains for IATA member airlines and lists the international standards for the documentation. This manual contains the guidance needed for funeral operators, airlines and freight forwarders on how to prepare, ship and handle this special cargo.

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The Air Cargo Tariff and Rules (TACT)

Subscription year January to December 2021

TACT provides air cargo professionals with the comprehensive information they require to efficiently transport air cargo worldwide. TACT Rules is the definitive source for shipping and accepting air cargo, comprising of industry, country and carrier regulations. TACT Rates offers you the most current industry, carrier and pre-constructed rates. It contains 5 million rates for 350,000 city pairs and is the most comprehensive global rates database in the industry.

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“We need to find, and use, the common ground in Cargo Handling to help simplify and improve the business. I strongly believe that an agreed ICHM can do this for us. Standardization and simplicity will improve quality and reduce cost which has to be important to IATA Airline members and to their GHA Partners.”

David Ambridge

David Ambridge

General Manager – Cargo
WFS (Worldwide Flight Services)

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Andrea Gruber

Andrea Gruber

Head, Special Cargo at IATA

Responsible for delivering international standards, business processes and technology for the air cargo supply chain. Leading IATA’s Cargo governing bodies, comprised of airlines and air cargo supply chain stakeholders that provide the regulations for the air transportation of Live Animals, Perishables and Healthcare Products.

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Dave Brennan

Dave Brennan

Asst. Director Cargo Safety & Standards at IATA

Responsible for coordinating the activities of the Cargo team who are jointly responsible for the IATA standards publications and products that address dangerous goods transported by air. He is the Secretary of the IATA Dangerous Goods Board and the Panel member nominated by IATA to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel.

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Brendan Sullivan

Brendan Sullivan

Head E-Commerce & Cargo Operations at IATA

Responsible for developing strategic standards, tools and solutions for the air cargo industry with a focus on cargo operations, logistics, supply chain and e-commerce. He also has an extensive background in training, procedures, handling and change management.

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Joseph Suidan

Joseph Suidan

Head Ground Operations at IATA

Joined IATA in July 2008 as Assistant Director, ISAGO and, in 2010, was appointed as IATA Head of Ground Operations. He has over 35 years of relevant experience in airport operations as well as in marketing and sales experience in passenger, cargo and operations.

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