Cargo Account Settlement Systems (CASS) is designed to simplify the billing and settling of accounts between airlines and freight forwarders. It operates through an advanced global web-enabled e-billing solution.
At the end of 2013, CASS was processing in 83 export operations, 11 import operations, 2 domestic operations, collectively serving over 500 airlines, GSSAs and Ground Handling Companies and settling a combined $31 billion. The on-time settlement rate was 99.98%.
CASS yields a two-fold solution as it replaces:
a) Airlines' traditional paper based invoicing
b) Agents' manual controlling of those invoices, while all benefit from:
Any market may host a CASS operation as long as there is enough volume, i.e., more than one airline/freight forwarder.
IATA agents join CASS at no cost whereas non-IATA agents or other intermediaries may join at a cost. All airlines are eligible to participate. Entry fees are $2,500 for IATA member Airlines and $3,500 for non-member Airlines or GSA's. All other costs are shared equally based on the respective volumes airlines process through the system.