The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has signed an MoU with the World Customs Organisation (WCO) for the promotion of tighter airfreight security. Crucially the aim of the MOU, aside from protecting cargo from terrorist attacks and illegal tampering, is to expedite the transportation process.
ICAO said the new partnership will allow the two organisations to share information on multiple levels – government-to-government, Customsto- Customs and Customs-to-industry – and develop risk management and training initiatives. Additionally, a key focus of the MoU is aligning the regulatory stances of both organisations regarding air freight which will help to reduce the regulatory burden on the industry and avoid additional procedures that will delay cargo movement.
“The global air cargo system is a complex, multifaceted network for transporting vast amounts of freight, packages and mail on both passenger and all-cargo aircraft,” ICAO secretary general Raymond Benjamin said. “The solution to improving security without sacrificing speed of delivery is through the consistent application of relevant and effective controls, from start to finish during the shipping process.”