IATA Cargo tackles security

For the cargo division at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), security is multi-faceted issue with many fronts requiring simultaneious attention and work. Two of IATA Cargo’s key drivers discuss the issues, challenges and initiatives now being developed in this fast changing and complex security environment. By Donald Urquhart.


IATA Cargo tackles security


screening resources wasted because a competent regulator is requesting that the IATA Cargo tackles security Highlighting what is for IATA, an unequivocal aspect of security, Ken Dunlap, IATA’s director security says that beyond all else, security must be multilayered. “You just can’t come up with one brilliant idea that can get translated into a perfect cargo security programme. You can’t come up with one piece of cargo technology that’s going to screen everything – you can’t have a cargo checkpoint of the future – all of that’s not going to happen,” he said in Geneva recently.

For IATA Cargo, the very rapid changes in the security environment for the air cargo supply chain have evolved, in rather rapid pace, into a three-fold philosophy: Leverage cargo data; complement with technology; and take an entire supply chain approach.

Crucial, Dunlap says, is to concentrate on data and delivery of advance cargo data to regulators in order for them to do cargo targeting. But, one of the key problems with cargo data is that there are varying levels of maturity amongst regulators, in terms of their capabilities to accept cargo data. This is where IATA’s work on the E-cargo Security Declaration comes into play. The idea is to have something that ‘immature’ regulators and parts of the industry can use in a paper version, but provides a foundation for future electronic modes when they reach the necessary level of maturity for undertaking targeted security screening.