A note of caution was sounded recently after some intensive discussions between the EU Commission and various bodies who are stakeholders with regard to air cargo security. EU policy has long assessed the dangers posed by air freight and passengers in two separate ways. Whilst the Commission itself describes the need for ‘improved passenger screening methods in order to ensure high security levels with minimum hassle’, it has for a long period advocated consideration of a risk based approach to the security of cargo originating outside the EU. Recently this policy has been intensified with the intent of standardising protection measures no matter where goods emanate from.
It has been reported that after a series of meetings to prepare for the launch of new obligatory EU regulations on air cargo security which come into force on 1 July 2014, the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) says that although it welcomes developments so far, much work remains to be done.TIACA is concerned that the new regulations fall outside industry goals of a common, unified approach to global security standards.