FAPAA warns members over security challenges

The Federation of Asia Pacifi c Aircargo Associations (FAPAA) has warned its members that the US and EC security programmes are not harmonised and will be forced independently upon their global trading partners, including Asia, if individual FAPAA associations did not work with their respective governments to avoid suchconsequences. Speaking at the 34th Executive Council […]


The Federation of Asia Pacifi c Aircargo Associations (FAPAA) has warned its members that the US and EC security programmes are not harmonised and will be forced independently upon their global trading partners, including Asia, if individual FAPAA associations did not work with their respective governments to avoid suchconsequences.

Speaking at the 34th Executive Council Meeting in Hong Kong last month, FAPAA out-going chairman Peter McNamara said the air cargo industry will face a very diffi cult situation in the next two years. This is because the US government and the European Community will start implementing increased security measures, which are likely to affect global air cargo fl ows.“It is the most dominant issue facingour industry since 9/11,” he said,adding that if Asian countries didnot work hard with governments andairline partners to harmonise securitysystems in their respective countries,the US and the EC would tell themwhat to do.

He pointed out that while the US had approved the legislation for implementation of 100 per cent screening of all cargo, one of the problems was that there was no defi nition of “screening”, giving rise to concerns of how it will be implemented on the non-shippersprogramme.

In Europe, under the non-shippers programme, the operator or freight forwarder, when submitting cargo into the logistics chain, has to ensure that it traveled through a secure environment until the fi nal destination. This is already a substantial security approach,he added.