AFKLMP Cargo Bulk Unitisation Program standards

ComplianceAug - 10, 2022

The meaning of the term ´Bulk Unitization Program´ is equal to the commonly used Special Handling Code ‘BUP´. The IATA TACT Rules provide the decoding for BUP as ‘Bulk Unitisation Program´, Shipper/Consignee Handled Unit.

As commonly agreed in the Industry, and documented in the IATA Industry Master Operation Plan, ULD build-up is a Carrier Activity. It is usually carried out by ground handling agents contracted by the Carrier.

By allowing Forwarders, in their role as Shippers, to perform ULD build-up activities, the Carrier deviates from the industry-agreed sequence of safety-related activities and verifications.

For that reason, the parties that are allowed to step into the formal roles and activities of the air carrier must be subjected to compliance oversight by the carrier.

AFKL CARGO Bulk Unitisation Program Standards

This document describes the conditions within which Forwarders are allowed to handover built-up aircraft ULDs to Air France, KLM or its ground handling suppliers.

The meaning of the term ´Bulk Unitization Program´ is equal to the commonly used Special Handling Code ‘BUP. The IATA TACT Rules provide the decoding for BUP as ‘Bulk Unitisation Program, Shipper/Consignee Handled Unit.

The Checklist for Shippers-built ULDs (BUP) supports Shippers to hand over flight-safe and ‘ready-for-carriage´ ULDs, built-up on their premises. Make sure to perform a serviceability check on every ULD, before starting to load freight on or in it.

Unserviceable pallets must be returned empty to the carrier´s GHA with the express notification of damage.


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