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Security timetable will be tight, warns TIACA

[ January 14, 2015   //   ]

The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) is reminding its members that recently released updates to Security Programs for all-cargo aircraft in the US must be implemented by 16 February. The updated Security Programs, issued by the US Transport Security Administration (TSA) on December 29th, 2014, affect all US and non US-based freighter aircraft operators within, into, and out of the country.

TIACA secretary general Doug Brittin admitted that the timing of the announcement over the holiday season, and the short implementation period were “not ideal”.

Also: “While the updates incorporate some ideas which the industry has worked on with the TSA, they do not address the risk-based approach, which we have discussed and fully supported.”

The programs incorporate structural changes and previous Emergency Amendments and Security Directives, but also require some changes in compliance procedures.

Forwarders, regulated agents, and passenger carriers who tender cargo to freighter operators may also be affected and should be notified by the operator where necessary, according to TIACA.

All-cargo/ freighter operators may notify their appropriate TSA Representatives regarding any elements of the program changes which they cannot implement by the effective date, and seek amendments. However, given the short implementation timeline, this also poses a challenge for industry.

“TIACA will continue to work closely with the TSA on these and other security issues, with the goal of building a risk-based rather than ‘one size fits all’ approach to global air cargo security measures which impact all segments of our industry,” added Brittin.

“We would also urge the TSA to consider reinstating an air cargo division to facilitate an even closer working relationship with industry.”

((Security report – page XX))

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