TIACA lauds mutual security recognition

More countries should follow the lead of the US, the European Union, Switzerland and Canada in pursuing mutual recognition agreements for air cargo security, The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has said.


TIACA lauds mutual security recognition


More countries should follow the lead of the US, the European Union, Switzerland and Canada in pursuing mutual recognition agreements for air cargo security, The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has said.

The Association called the agreements between the European Union, Switzerland and the US and between the US and Canada to recognise each other’s security regimes as “welcomed and  sensible progress” towards the shared goals of maintaining the highest levels of air cargo security without impeding international
air cargo supply chains.

“We strongly support efforts to enhance security of the air cargo
supply chain without unduly disrupting vital commercial flows,” said Michael Steen, chairman of TIACA. “Mutual recognition of robust security regimes is an important way to further this goal, so we commend the US, EU, Swiss and Canadian authorities for their recent announcements in this regard. TIACA will continue to support additional efforts to mutually recognise security regimes
and to implement global, harmonised standards.”

TIACA says the progress made by governments to recognise each other’s national air cargo security regimes will eliminate duplication of security controls and the costs and time delays associated with this whilst ensuring strict air cargo safety and security requirements continue to be met consistently. Speaking to  delegates at TIACA’s Executive Summit in Moscow, Doug Brittin, director, Air Cargo at the Transportation Security Administration
(TSA), said the security threat “remains high for all of us. Our goal, which we know is shared by the industry, is to not lose a plane,” he added. Brittin noted that work being done by the TSA on advanced air cargo data was being undertaken alongside bodies such as ICAO, the World Customs’ Organisation and the Universal Postal Union.