Air, Freight News

Schiphol beefs up security rules

[ July 12, 2023   //   ]

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has introduced a ‘secure import’ system to fight cargo theft.

Last year air cargo handling agents at Schiphol tightened the rules for access to their forecourts with all driver visits to Dnata, KLM Cargo, Menzies Aviation, Swissport and Worldwide Flight Services’ forecourts having to be notified in advance through e-registration.

From the beginning of 2024 the process will be stepped up further with the implementation of a Secure Import Amsterdam Airport Schiphol invests in development of ‘secure import’ information system.

The ground handler will use Secure Import to advise a forwarder that a shipment is ready for collection. The forwarder can then, within the same system, direct a transporter to pick up the shipment. Secure Import checks that these are the correct parties for this particular shipment and informs the ground handler who will be collecting it and when.

Sensitive shipment information will be shared only on a ‘need to know’ basis, preventing data manipulation by third parties.

The new system has a built-in secure e-Visit key relating to the various process steps required for the transfer of a shipment. A driver will be given the cargo only once the e-Visit Key is cleared.

Support and coordination has been provided by the national Digital Infrastructure Logistics programme of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.