Indian carriers prep to meet new EU security deadline
Airlines will have to comply to new standards or face ban at region's airports.
February 19, 2014
Indian airlines will have to comply with the European Union (EU)’s new norms for air cargo security by July 1 or face a ban at the region’s airports. Airlines will now have to ensure cargo bound for the region is screened or comes from a secure supply chain. Airlines, including European ones, will need a security verification certificate for cargo operations at an airport outside the region. This means airlines will need to get their cargo security processes followed at the airports (from where the cargo is shipped) audited by EU-authorised validators. The International Air Cargo Association has warned of implementation challenges, though airports and cargo operators in India are confident of meeting the deadline.