GACAG advises caution to countries

It says not to 'rely solely on industry to interprete, communicate and enforce' new air cargo security measures.


Countries with poor communications strategies must not rely solely on industry to interpet, raise awareness of or enforce new air cargo supply chain security measures, says the Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG).

Whilst reinforcing its commitment to endorsing and supporting efforts to continuously improve security in the international air cargo supply chain, the Group says it is concerned that a non-uniform approach to the implementation of requirements for new security measures could result in added bureaucracy, additional costs and unintended non-compliance in the aviation sector.

GACAG’s comments are in responses to what it calls ‘recent significant increases in the number of countries seeking to implement new security measures’.

GACAG says improving regulator-industry consultation and collaboration as well as identifying other means to increase industry awareness and participation is essential to strengthen national aviation security programs and to ensuring an orderly roll-out of new measures. In its position paper ‘communications to industry from regulators regarding implementation of new security measures,’ GACAG says countries seeking to introduce air cargo security measures should follow the requirements of ICAO Annex 9 (Facilitation) and Annex 17 (Security) to ensure the adoption of common global standards.

In non-emergency situations when there is sufficient time prior to such changes taking effect, new security measures should only be deployed and become mandatory when key conditions have been met. GACAG says these should include an appropriate period of dialogue with all air cargo supply chain stakeholders so they understand in advance what will be required of them in order to participate fully. Authorities should also have the capability to receive and provide timely responses to industry questions and concerns and, where appropriate, have conducted joint industry-government pilots to test and demonstrate the feasibility and provide feedback on proposed new regulations. GACAG also emphasizes that security measures need to balance the joint demands of security with trade facilitation.