IATA, ICAO reaffirm collaboration to ensure safe transport of dangerous goods by air

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ICAO Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar (left) and IATA Director General Willie Walsh (right). Photo from ICAO.
  • The International Air Transport Association and the International Civil Aviation Organization reaffirmed their collaboration to ensure the safe transportation of dangerous goods by air
  • ICAO and IATA officials recently met to enhance cooperation between the organizations
  • The meeting underscored the importance of adhering to global standards for the safe carriage of dangerous goods

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) reaffirmed their collaboration to ensure the safe transportation of dangerous goods by air.

The collaboration was fortified during a meeting between the two organizations that included ICAO Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar.

IATA has been a guiding force in advising on the transport of dangerous goods since 1956, consistently updating standards. The regulatory landscape gained structure with the adoption of ICAO Annex 18 in January 1984, setting principles for the global transport of dangerous goods. Additional detailed instructions for safe transport can be found in the Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, building on the foundational provisions of Annex 18, and providing guidance to states for inspections and oversight.

Beyond bureaucratic processes, IATA collaborates with the aviation industry to create practical tools and recommendations based on government-approved Technical Instructions. These collectively form the Dangerous Goods Regulations—a comprehensive set of global standards that apply to everyone in the logistics chain, from manufacturers and shippers to airlines, freight forwarders, and ground handlers.

Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General, highlights the importance of sticking to global standards for ensuring the safe transport of dangerous goods.

He noted, “Today’s agreement ensures that dangerous goods will continue to be handled according to the highest globally applicable standards. IATA will keep working with key stakeholders to maintain a globally aligned, practical approach to regulated transport. This will lead to more efficient and resilient supply chains while prioritizing safety, aviation’s number one concern.”