Germany purges air-cargo industry

German authorities have cracked down on the country’s air cargo industry, following October’s bomb scare which saw a bomb sent from Yemen as an air parcel passed through a transhipment depot in Cologne undetected before finally being pulled from the system in the UK. After 70 freight companies were vetted, the Federal Aviation Agency stripped […]


Federal Aviation Agency Germany known consignor security Yemen


German authorities have cracked down on the country’s air cargo industry, following October’s bomb scare which saw a bomb sent from Yemen as an air parcel passed through a transhipment depot in Cologne undetected before finally being pulled from the system in the UK. After 70 freight companies were vetted, the Federal Aviation Agency stripped three companies in North Rhine-Westphalia state of their title of ‘known consignor’. The status means they can send freight without it having to be x-rayed at airports. Another three companies had their applications to become ‘regulated agents’ rejected.