US agrees to mutual recognition with EU, Canada
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has reached a mutual recognition agreements with Canada and the European Union on their respective air cargo security regimes starting from 1 June.
June 10, 2012
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has reached a mutual recognition agreements with Canada and the European Union on their respective air cargo security regimes starting from 1 June. This recognition eliminates duplication of security controls and the need to implement different regimes depending on the destination of air cargo and will substantially cut costs and speed up cargo flows. “We are getting rid of duplication of security controls, while preserving high levels of security. This is a big step forward and it will have a major business impact. Air freight is by definition naturally urgent. Cutting out the duplication of security procedures will mean huge savings for cargo operators in terms of time and money,” said Siim Kallas, vice president of the European Commission responsible for transport. Air cargo traffic between the EU and the US amounts to over a million tonnes a year traveling each way across the Atlantic. In 2011 goods transported by air from the EU to the US alone were worth more than 107 billion euros, which is 27 per cent of the value of all goods exported by air by the EU. The EU and US are each other’s single most important destination for air cargo. The EU also recognises the US cargo security regime as meeting the recently adopted EU requirements for cargo being flown into the EU from third countries. Therefore, no additional measures are required from air carriers transporting cargo shipments from the US to the EU.