Recent developments in this country, especially in New York and Miami, have generated a renewed and heightened interest and efforts toward the goal of an automated air cargo processing system. This goal appears to promise as a major benefit, both a faster cargo processing at the ground segment of the trip between shipper and consignee, and a reduction in paper documentation. However, many obstacles appear to seriously challenge the system’s proponents.A major research effort by the International Air Transport Association called Cargo Information Research Report (CARR), led to a major milestone with the adoption of industry data standards for the computer exchange of air freight information. However, a comprehensive uniform system is unavailable at this time. Additionally, the various elements of these “communities” bring with them quite a divergent set of needs, requirements, problems and viewpoints.