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Air cargo group calls for ICAO lead on security

[ February 4, 2013   //   ]

The Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG) says that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) should take the lead in global air cargo supply chain security standards.

In its latest position paper on ‘Air Cargo Supply Chain Security Regimes for Regulators’, the Group calls for ICAO, in collaboration with other international organizations, to take the lead role to continue improvements in the security of the global air cargo supply chain. It also welcomes ICAO’s endorsement of air cargo supply chain security as a standard for its member states, which began in July 2011 and recognises the efforts it is making to facilitate building the capacity of those states that plan to enhance or start air cargo supply chain security regulatory frameworks – in particular, the work being done in the UK, EU, Canada, Australia and the US, to consider industry standards and guidelines as a way forward.
The Group said also supports international initiatives such as ISO 2800 and Secure Freight to offer assistance to regulators and industry in securing the air cargo supply chain. It recommends that states use a recognized international standard template for air cargo security for the implementation of a Regulated Agent and a Known Consignor regime.

GACAG also sees mutual recognition as the best way to speed the movement of cargo along the air cargo secure supply chain without requiring redundant security measures, especially at transfer points.
The position paper is at www.gacag.org

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