New filing approach for international scheduled services air cargo tariffs

The Canadian Transportation Agency has implemented a new approach for the filing of international scheduled services cargo tariffs for air carriers offering services to or from Canada.

The Airline Tariff Publishing Company (ATPCO) has informed the Agency and its clients that it no longer acts as an agent for the filing of cargo tariffs.

However, the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) has offered to act as an agent for their member carriers. As a result, carriers may use IATA's Air Cargo Tariff and Rules manuals (otherwise known as TACT manuals), as official tariffs with the Agency. More detailed information can be found in Agency Order No. 2015-A-60.

Carriers must contact IATA directly if they wish to have it act as their filing agent. Carriers who choose this option must file a power of attorney and general concurrence with the Agency indicating that IATA will act as their filing agent and that the carrier is a participant in the TACT manuals for tariff publishing and filing purposes.

Carriers can also file their cargo tariff directly with the Agency. Agency staff has developed a sample international scheduled services cargo tariff that can serve as a guide.

All international cargo carriers who previously filed with ATPCO, irrespective of whether they are IATA member carriers, must contact the Agency and indicate whether they will make IATA their filing agent or file their own cargo tariff directly with the Agency. Carriers have until July 13, 2015 to do so. After this date, all ATPCO cargo tariffs will be cancelled.

Carriers that are not represented by IATA or who have not filed their cargo tariff directly with the Agency by that date will be considered non-compliant. The Agency will work with the air carriers to achieve compliance with the new approach.

Any carrier who has not met their tariff filing obligations may be subject to monetary penalties of up to 10,000 dollars per occurrence for contravening sections 110(1) and 110(5) of the Air Transportation Regulations.

Find out How to file International Scheduled Services Air Cargo Tariffs on the Agency's website.


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