According to IATA every year, the total cost of both repair and loss of ULDs is estimated about $300 million, excluding flight delays and cancelations due to their unavailability.
Although ULDs are required to ensure the safe and reliable restraint of cargo, baggage and mail during a flight, the standards for using them vary widely across the industry. The right ULD must be available in the right place at the right time in the right conditions. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
Just like any other aircraft component, ULDs are regulated to ensure flight safety under all circumstances. These rules are defined by the governing bodies like ICAO and IATA and put into national legislation by each Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
The IATA have developed new ULD Regulations (ULDR) for standards and procedures concerning the specifications, handling, restraint and maintenance of ULDs and promotes actively worldwide recognition and adoption of those standards. Part of the effort is to promote proper training.
Operational personnel involved in ULD operations require regular training on topics relevant to their job tasks and responsibilities.
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