GLATTBRUGG, Switzerland: December 17, 2015. IATA and FIATA have failed to reach agreement on modernizing the relationship between their respective members after three years of trying.
FIATA says it is because IATA wants to include specific references to IATA's Cargo Accounts Settlement System (CASS).
Despite reaching an agreement to dump the historic idea that the forwarder is the agent of the airline and not a principal, FIATA says it won't be signing a deal with IATA any time soon.
A statement from FIATA director general Marco Sorgetti declared: [It] "is FIATA's view that a forwarder's decision whether to sign up to the CASS Participation Agreement with IATA should be made independently by each individual operator, and not be mandated by the FIATA/IATA agreement as a condition to participate."
He added that "this seemed however a point which IATA was unable to accept on behalf of its constituent airlines". FIATA says it wants to continue a dialogue with IATA that allows it "to hold true to its principles" while ensuring the best interests of both parties.
Rudi Sagel, chairman of FIATA's Airfreight Institute (AFI) commented: "We still believe that in a future programme based on the independence of each party in contract, allowing participants a reasonable freedom of choice on how they wish to handle their financial arrangements, either individually, bilaterally or multilaterally, a change that would bring IATA's CASS up to a level that modern technology allows today and obviously was not available in the past."