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IATA Cargo Handling Consultative Council (ICHC)

The IATA Cargo Handling Consultative Council (ICHC), formerly COAG, connects airlines and ground handling agents. The ICHC reports to the Cargo Services Conference (CSC), and a dotted line to the Airport Services Association (ASA), to the Cargo Operations & Technology Board (COTB) and closely collaborates and provides updates to the Ground Operations Group (GOG). ICHC’s objective is to develop best-practices to address all aspects of cargo acceptance and handling.


The workgroup aims to:

  • Include operations in cargo industry's initiatives, such as the e-Cargo program 
  • Integrate cargo operations in related IATA standards, like the Standard Ground Handling Agreement (SGHA)
  • Improve IATA manuals linked to cargo operations, such as the Airport Handling Manual (AHM)
  • Overlook the IATA training courses covering the acceptance, handling and uplifting of air cargo and mail
  • Review the standards on cargo electronic messaging regarding cargo handling activities, such as Cargo-XML
  • Streamline core cargo operations in the new IATA Cargo Handling Manual (ICHM)

Check the ICHC Terms of Reference (pdf)

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are conducted by regular teleconferences. Face-to-face meetings will be held when required.


The ICHC consists of 16 members (8 airline members and 8 ground handling members), each being an expert in cargo operations, Cargo EDI messaging standards and mail operations.


Andre Majeres
Manager, Cargo & Mail Operations and Standards, IATA

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