Amended clause 7.3 and new clause 7.4 give the customs clearance the right to suspend services if the airline fails to pay in the event of insolvency or requests immediate advance payment or cash payment. Given the historical liquidity issues faced by some airlines, it is perhaps surprising that these clauses have not been previously included in the ASA. This does not mean that handling companies will be anything other than unsecured creditors for unpaid invoices. Depending on the current SGHA legislation, advances or cash advances may be contrary to existing local insolvency rules. The training rules in the new clause 5.6 define as a minimum awareness of the rules and regulations applicable to the material handler and refer to the IATA materials in clause 5.3. IATA has explicitly identified its resolutions and standard practices as benchmarks for the provision of services to businesses and has presented them verbatim in the new subsections 5.3 (a) and b). Many of these changes are purely editorial and modify SGHA 2013. However, some changes are significant and focus on operational practices, improved standards, training, bankruptcies, claims and compliance in general. We briefly reviewed the main changes to the Main Agreement and Appendix B and looked at what they might mean for users. In 2013, IATA`s Ground Handling Council authorized the use of yellow pages to publish texts amending Annex B in the years between new versions of the SGHA. Annex B of the SGHA 2018 added the yellow pages to paragraph 8. In the future, this will provide some flexibility in the baseline model.
The new clause 3.3 of the SGHA 2018 prohibits self-handling if an airline has already outsourced it as part of the SGHA. In Europe, for example, the 1996 EU Groundhandling Directive (96/67/EC) opened up the groundhandling market to competition and maintained the carrier`s general freedom to clear customs at an airport itself. Data protection has been included in the compliance checklist in point 1.1 of the SGHA 2018. This amendment is likely to have the effect of raising data protection to the level of prohibitions against corruption, opponents of competition and child labour. In addition, it is also useful not to overload the SGHA with legal sections on data protection. IATA Standard Ground Handling, STANDARD GROUND HANDLING AGREEMENT, IATA Standard Ground Handling Agreement, Standard, Standard, Possibility to amend Article 8, IATA, Ground Handling, STANDARD GROUND HANDLING, International Air Transport Association, IATA Standard Ground Handling Agreement & IATA Standard Ground Handling Agreements, The Standard Ground Handling Agreement SGHA, Ground Operations Safety Manual It will be interesting to see, how claims are handled and whether they develop internal airline processes for tracking and monitoring cargo claims. Improvements can be made if airlines use more detailed documentation requirements for cargo shipments and the handling of irregularities (in points 5.3.1 and 5.7 of Annex A respectively). IATA International Air Transport A. The Ground Operations Safety Manual. The Ag Airside GOSM defines the GA groundhandling standards for SPS. In the 2013 SGHA, there was some confusion as to the time limit that applies to a carrier`s right to compensation.
The confusion was caused by the phrase: “Any claim shall be filed within the time limits set out in Article 31.2 of the 1999 Montreal Convention”. Article 31.2 sets out the time limits of the agreement for the exercise of the rights of the person entitled in respect of damaged and late goods, which are 14 and 21 days respectively. . . .