TIACA supports liberalization of air cargo and express services for unfettered market access. Bilateral negotiations should be unrestricted as to the ability of air carriers to move air cargo in any international market between two points anywhere in the world.
TIACA believes that air cargo and express transportation are economic development tools. Air cargo and express transportation facilitate the movement of goods between all markets.
TIACA believes that a separate cargo annex should be pursued as the first step towards market liberalization and openness. Often developing countries see the advantages of market openness for the movement of goods before they recognize the same advantages on the passenger side. .
Present bilateral negotiating structures often inhibit the growth of air cargo, due to political and structural resistances. It is TIACA’s intent to make a modest shift in the current bilateral log jam which might lead to a general application of open skies, based on a balance of benefits to both markets, which may encourage wider liberalization. Positive progress towards multi-lateral freedoms for cargo would support the current parallel work on liberalization principles in the OECD and discussed in the Trans-Atlantic Common Area negotiations between the EU and the
TIACA believes the initial stage in a long-term strategy could be an agreement between those countries that support the principle of severance of cargo from passenger rights, and have identified the potential economic benefits of a more open and competitive air cargo market.
Under this approach, a new generic agreement for cargo flights would grant the same rights and privileges, on a reciprocal basis, to all signatories. TIACA realizes that cabotage may still not be open for discussion in some countries and would therefore accept, as a matter of pragmatic progress, to exclude it where it may present a negotiation obstacle at this stage.
Benefits of liberalized agreements would be open to all carriers, irrespective of national ownership. A mutually acceptable supervisory body should be responsible for the transparent and equitable operation of all resulting agreements.
The aim is the establishment of a multi-lateral group of countries permitting fifth, sixth and seventh freedom rights. Support is confidently expected from countries that already operate ‘open skies’ as well as those that have no existing national air carrier to protect. Such countries therefore have a need for openness in their markets with the hope of developing their own liberalized cargo services, either by combination carriers or all-cargo carriers.