EU and US deal on air cargo screening

Each side will accept screenings certified by the other and save time and money for shippers


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The US and the European Union have agreed to mutually recognise standards for air cargo security screening that are going to save time and money for shippers — EU shippers last year sent goods valued at €107 billion ($132 bn) by air to the US.

The move follows tighter screening procedures that have been operational in the EU and the US since the 2010 attempt to plant explosives hidden in cargo on US-bound planes. It had become time-consuming for shippers to comply with the tight screening procedures. Under the new agreement each side will accept screenings certified by the other.