EUROPE & CIS: 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 […]


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. The Transport Ministry in Berlin said the checks also found minor inadequacies at about 20 companies, including guards who could not produce their training certificates and bills of lading that were not properly filled in. The purge is aimed at cleaning up the industry, which is concerned that it may be brought under costly police supervision if it cannot get its house in order quickly.