Why use the IATA Manuals?

While the IATA Manuals are necessary for compliance with international legislation, user feedback from small to large companies has shown that they are also useful in improving operational performance and reducing risks. As a reliable source for international standards, the IATA Manuals have become the primary source of information for air cargo and ground operations standards.

From relying on the IATA Manuals to ensure that local and international procedures follow the regulations to using them as a definitive reference for when shipments have been incorrectly rejected, the IATA Manuals have become essential tools for all types of use. Learn more 

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91% of manufacturers avoided custom delays due to incorrect labelling or documentation

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89% of freight forwarders experienced a reduction in errors 

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86% of ground service providers were able to reduce the risk of aircraft damage

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84% of airlines improved their cargo handling operations

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81% of all users avoided fines related to air cargo shipments

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2022 UPDATES: IATA Manuals include all necessary information about new regulations taking effect as of January 1, 2022 and how they impact the shipment and handling of air cargo.

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Dangerous goods


DANGEROUS GOODS REGULATIONS (DGR)

63rd Edition – Effective 1 January - 31 December 2022

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 regulations (LBSR)

9th Edition – Effective 1 January - 31 December 2022

Lithium batteries, if not properly designed and manufactured can fail and catch fire. To help address this, we’ve put together the LBSR; 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)

21st Edition – Effective 1 January - 31 December 2022

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)

10th Edition – Effective 1 January - 31 December 2022

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)

48th Edition – Effective 1 January - 31 December 2022

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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Operations


AIRPORT HANDLING (AHM)

42nd Edition – Effective 1 January - 31 December 2022

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)

11th Edition – Effective 1 April 2022 – 31 March 2023

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)

10th Edition – Effective 1 January - 31 December 2022

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)

6th Edition – Effective 1 January - 31 December 2022

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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Baggage Reference Manual (BRM)

5th edition – Effective as of June 2021

The BRM contains the latest best practices in baggage operations and policy. By applying these baggage operations will help to reduce in the number of mishandled bags and related costs as well as increase customer satisfaction in baggage handling.

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Compassionate Transportation (CTM)

2nd Edition – Effective January 1 2022

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 2022

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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Airline Coding Directory and Location Identifiers (ACD)

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The Airline Coding Directory (ACD) is the official industry source for airline and location codes worldwide. Location Identifiers is a repository of worldwide airports as well as bus stations, rail stations and ferry ports that are involved in intermodal airline travel. Together, Airline Designator Codes and Location Identifiers, compose a single reference database for airline and location codes globally.

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“I use the LAR online multiple times a week checking various airlines policies, crate requirements on species we don’t send every day, as well as refreshing feeding requirements on exotics. It is on the go-to shipping manual for our business and compliments our well refined existing check sheets for shipments.”

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IATA Knowledge Hub

Learn, apply, improve.

IATA leads industry efforts to ensure the safe handling and shipment of cargo handling and shipment by air. As a result, we provide a great variety of technical knowledge and solutions tailored to satisfy industry needs.

To help you easily access the most important information and avoid any complications with your shipments, our experts have compiled a series of articles in the IATA Knowledge Hub which offer insights, tips and documents relating to transporting cargo by air. 

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Brendan Sullivan

Brendan Sullivan

Director Cargo

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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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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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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