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IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program (IFACP) 

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·       Updates on 11 Oct 2016: FIATA Press Release  

·       Joint Press Release: FIATA and IATA Announce New Air Cargo Program  

On 18 July 2016, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) announced that an agreement has been signed by Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO and Huxiang Zhao, President of FIATA, to implement the IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program (IFACP) to replace the existing IATA Cargo Agency Program. Please find the joint press release for Members’ information that is self-explanatory.


The IATA Cargo Agency program has operated for many decades without significant alterations, despite compelling changes in the business relationship between cargo agents and airlines. Today, the traditional IATA Cargo Agent has transitioned from being a selling-agent of the airline to being a purchasing-customer.


In an effort to modernize the current Agency program, FIATA (representing international freight forwarders and logistic providers) and IATA (representing airlines) have joined forces to review, refine, and re-engineer the airline conference based program to one which would be jointly managed by airlines and forwarders. Major steps have been made and this collaboration has resulted in the development of a new joint IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program, and significant strides in redefining airline and forwarder responsibilities.


The new proposed governance mechanism establishes an IATA-FIATA Governance Board, which recognizes the role played by forwarders in today’s marketplace as customers of the airlines, and increases consultations at all levels to achieve common air cargo goals, which are objectives for both FIATA and IATA. 


·       IFACP White Paper

Ø  Background

Ø  Benefits

Ø  Key highlight with major differences between the current and future program

Ø  Value Proposition


The IFACP White Paper outlining the above information was released and downloadable at:



·       IFACP FAQ


The FAQ is available at: http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/Documents/IFACP-FAQ-20160715.pdf


·       Impact on the current IATA Cargo Agents


Members please note that there is no immediate impact on the current IATA Cargo Agents as the current participants of the IATA Cargo Agency/Intermediary Program will be provided with a new IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program Agreement when the program implementation process begins in Hong Kong. Upon execution and receipt of the completed Agreement, the Endorsed Freight Forwarder will join the new program. No further assessment will be required. New entrants shall be granted access to the IFACP in accordance with the program's rules, which are designed to be more reflective of how the air cargo business functions in today’s market.


·       Press Release dated 15 August 2017 - "New IATA FIATA Air Cargo Program - IFACP - launches in Canada"


Geneva and Zurich, Switzerland, Tuesday 15th August 2017 – The new IATA FIATA Air Cargo Program (IFACP) has been launched in Canada. The new Program, which will be rolled out globally following the Canadian pilot, replaces the existing Cargo Agency Program, and will be jointly managed by forwarders and airlines as equal partners in the decision-making process... [more



Cargo Accounts Settlement System (CASS)  

HAFFA Form of Trading Conditions and Logistics Services Agreement 
  • Please contact the HAFFA secretariat enquiry@haffa.com.hk if you would like to obtain a copy of HAFFA Form of Trading Conditions (December 2008 - Template Only) and / or HAFFA Form of Logistics Services Agreement (March 2013 - Template Only).

CIFA and CMAC Released Freight Forwarding Model Agreement on 26 April 2016



·       Maritime Directory 海事指南


To promote the diversity of Hong Kong’s maritime services and facilitate access to our maritime community, HKMPB makes a maritime directory available to the public, containing information of relevant companies and organisations. Listing on the maritime directory is voluntary and free of charge for all maritime-and-port-related companies and organisations which have office(s) in Hong Kong. As a member of maritime-related company, you may consider submitting your company’s information to HKMPB [submission form]. 




·       APEC Services Trade Access Requirements (STAR) Database

·       A business-friendly, on-line tool to help services providers take advantage of new export opportunities in the 21 APEC member economies


The APEC Services Trade Access Requirements (STAR) Database provides an easy-to-use one-stop route to identify whether and how a company can compete in every one of the 21 APEC member economies. It helps to identify the requirements to trade with and invest in other APEC economies The STAR Database covers eight services sectors including distribution services and transport and logistics services. Users can quickly discover at ease the licences needed, tax rules, visa requirements, foreign exchange issues, incorporation requirements – and the restrictions that might be in place. To access the STAR Database, please click into the following hyperlink: http://www.servicestradeforum.org/SearchforRequirements.aspx




Useful Telephone Number 常用查詢電話 
  • Emergency contacts in case there is any DG incident/accident happened during road transport within the Airport Area 
  •     1) Fire Services Departmen
              Airport Fire Contingent 
              Division Commander 'Air'(Senior Divisional Officer) - Tel: 21835333 
              Rescue Control - Tel: 21839576 
              CLK Fire Station - Tel: 29499081 

        2) Airport Operations Control Centre - Tel: 21818110 

Other Useful Links 其他網站連結 

How to establish a Freight Forwarding Company in Hong Kong? 

How to start a branch


In order to operate a business in Hong Kong, no matter whether it is a Freight Forwarding Company or other nature of business, the operator shall apply to the Government for licences such as  Business Registration and Certificate of Incorporation. However, it is not essential to get affiliation with any government or semi-government authority. If you wish to start a new business, the government staff as suggested below could help you find out which licences you need, including permits, certificates, approvals and many more.  You may visit the following websites to get more information:  


i) HK Business Licence Information Centre

https://www.success.tid.gov.hk/tid/eng/blics/index.jsp or http://www.success.tid.gov.hk for more information on various services available to the small and medium enterprises. 


ii) Business & Trade User Group of GovHK

http://www.gov.hk/en/business for government information and services in relation to business and trade.  


iii) InvestHK

http://www.investhk.gov.hk for investment information and support of establishing your new lives in Hong Kong. 

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