Switzerland adopts e-security declaration

The electronic consignment security declaration (e-CSD) will be adopted in Switzerland, paving the way for the more secure transport of air cargo, following two years of work globally to lay the groundwork by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and carriers, regulators, freight forwarders, ground handling agents and other parties worldwide to develop standards and processes for e-CSD data capture.


Switzerland adopts e-security declaration


The electronic consignment security declaration (e-CSD) will be adopted in Switzerland, paving the way for the more secure transport of air cargo, following two years of work globally to lay the groundwork by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and carriers, regulators, freight forwarders, ground handling agents and other parties worldwide to develop standards and processes for e-CSD data capture.

The e-CSD is more efficient and secure by providing the security status of a shipment in electronic format and contains information such as who has secured each consignment, as well as how and when it was secured. With its standardisation of both the process and the documentation, e-CSD will replace redundant security declarations in various formats and will simplify validity checks to ease the operational work.

In Switzerland, SWISS WorldCargo, Kuehne + Nagel and ground handling agent Cargologic were involved in the preparatory e-CSD testing earlier in 2013 in collaboration with Interest Group Air Cargo Switzerland. IG Cargo is an organisation that promotes Swiss airfreight.

The adoption of the new e-CSD facility in Switzerland follows the recent approval of the corresponding e-CSD standards by the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), Switzerland’s aviation authority. IATA and its partners have proven to FOCA that there are no obstacles to the electronic transmission of highly sensitive data.