MIDDLE EAST: Yemen takes measures, hopes for lifting of ban

Yemen and the European Union (EU) discussed in mid-January the arrangements adopted by the government for lifting ban on Yemeni air cargo to some EU’s countries. Minister of Transport Khaled al-Wzir said that the additional security measures include full physical search of all employees entering or leaving the airports and 100 per cent search of […]


Yemen and the European Union (EU) discussed in mid-January the arrangements adopted by the government for lifting ban on Yemeni air cargo to some EU’s countries. Minister of Transport Khaled al-Wzir said that the additional security measures include full physical search of all employees entering or leaving the airports and 100 per cent search of all packages and cargo by means of explosive detectors, x-ray equipment and manual search in addition to detaining all packages and cargo for 48 hours prior to shipping. The Minister made it clear that the relations with shipping companies have been re-organised as well as regulations, licenses and procedures required in order to allow such companies to carry out shipping operations, adding that strict arrangements have been imposed by the Public Mail Authority to search export cargo. New security equipment have been installed to detect explosive to various parts of Sana’a International Airport at passenger and cargo areas, besides many others have been bought to reinforce the airport’s security expected to arrive within few months, al-Wazir said. The Ministry, via the General Authority for Civil Aviation and Meteorology, has ended recently a nine-day training course, under the supervision of an American training team, for 260 of security and customs personnel and 10 persons from the maintenance and technical equipment at Sana’a airport on the explosive detectors offered by the American government. Supervised by a UAE team, another 5-day training course has been carried out for 26 air mail and air shipping security personnel from security, customs, aviation security and persons in charge of shipping at the airport for, al-Wazir said.