Cooperation and Collaboration


​​Building upon internal collaboration, ICAO is actively in cooperation and collaboration with various external stakeholders from the air transport community-governmental and industry. The aim of the cooperation is to enhance information sharing and understanding of perspective with the goal to provide Member States the needed guidance to develop and revise as necessary rules and regulations that impede the benefits of air cargo and e-commerce. 


ICAO has formal collaboration with a number of organizations:



New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) – On 8 May 2018, ICAO and NEPAD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide a framework for cooperation between the organizations and to promote aviation infrastructural development and capacity building for sustainable development of air transport in Africa.


The International Transport Forum at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (ITF-OECD) -  ICAO and the ITF-OECD signed, on 25 June 2015, a Memorandum of Co-operation (MoC) to provide a framework for collaboration between the organizations in activities related to air transport with the view to achieving the sustainable development of air transport.


The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) -  On 18 April 2013, signed a Declaration of Intent to strengthen their cooperation on technical matters.  Under the terms of this agreement, ICAO and TIACA will work more closely on air cargo and mail security and facilitation, accelerating the evolution from paper-based to electronic practices, environmental stewardship, the liberalization of market access for air cargo services and air cargo safety.


World Customs Organization (WCO) -  Signed by ICAO and the WCO on 27 June 2011, this MoU aims for increased cooperation to protect air cargo from acts of terrorism or other criminal activity and for speeding up the movement of goods by air worldwide.​


One of the outputs from the cooperation with WCO has been the release of the second edition of:


 ICAO-WCO Moving Air Cargo Globally


This document is available in six official ICAO languages. It is designed to promote a better awareness of the air cargo and mail supply chain. It includes general updates, with input from stakeholders, regulators and industry. It also contains new material on the economic impact of cargo movements, recognizing how international distribution chains can be an engine for regional economic development.




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