Of security, IATA and bank guarantees…

Security was a key topic during the two-day congress, with Fiata’s chairman of the Advisory Body on Security Matters, David Fielder giving an overview of the status of various security programmes around the world.


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Of security, IATA and bank guarantees…

Security was a key topic during the two-day congress, with Fiata’s chairman of the Advisory Body on Security Matters, David Fielder giving an overview of the status of various security programmes around the world. Fielder noted that security was often defined in different ways by different players in the supply chain. Governments want to prevent terrorism, but what about theft, Fielder asked – “for me there is no difference,” he said. “In one case it’s about someone putting something in and the other is about taking something out, but somebody is still interfering with the cargo.” For the forwarder, “we just want to get cargo from here to there quick, cheap, in sound condition and not stolen along the way,” he said. Security and safety are “two sides of the same coin,” he added. “The forwarder, the carrier, the regulator, we all have the same intent – we all want to protect the cargo. Its’s about maintaining cargo integrity,” he said. He emphasised the need to have effective collaboration between all parties, saying every element of the supply chain must come together and understand every other element of the supply chain. Fielder also warned of the dangers of predictability, in trying to apply effective security – whether it be passengers or cargo, for instance. “The more predictable security is, the easier it is for terrorists to beat it. Do we tie ourselves in knots because of so many rules and regulations, whether it be passengers or cargo?” he asked, saying this was often too predictable. He also cautioned that there is no silver bullet when it comes to protecting cargo, that effective security requires a multi-layered and varied approach, rather than one simple solution for all situations.