The International Air Transport Association (IATA) identified four priorities to make air cargo more secure and urged stakeholders to move forward on the implementation of the secure freight principles.
Secure freight was initiated by IATA to promote global security standards in order to facilitate safe, secure and efficient operations of air cargo.
“The stakes are high. If regulators and governments lose confidence in the security of air freight, then bureaucracy will increase and ultimately some items may not even be viable to be air freighted. Commerce as we know it would look very different,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
As IATA reports, speaking at the Secure Freight Forum held at IATA’s offices in Geneva, Tyler noted that nearly 50 million tonnes of cargo are transported by air each year. This translates to $5.3 trillion of business which accounts for about 35 percentof the value of goods traded internationally.
“Governments and industry share the goal of keeping air cargo secure. That is the common ground for closer cooperation, harmonization of regulations, global capacity building and the long-term commitment that is needed,” said Tyler.