TIACA calls for standardised approach for advance data

Mail parcel volumes, growing because of e-commerce, are creating further challenges for pending Advance Data Filing regulations, Douglas Brittin secretary general, TIACA, advised a meeting of postal organisations last week.


TIACA calls for standardised approach for advance data


Mail parcel volumes, growing because of e-commerce, are creating further challenges for pending Advance Data Filing regulations, Douglas Brittin secretary general, TIACA, advised a meeting of postal organisations last week. The new regulations would require individual shipment information to be submitted to destination regulatory agencies in advance of transportation, rather than the current Customs’ requirement for information prior to arrival at the port of entry.

The air cargo industry and Postal Operators need to continue working closely with Customs and Civil Aviation Security regulators to ensure new data submission regulations and screening protocols are standardised and workable, Brittin told delegates at the Universal Postal Union (UPU)’s Postal Security Group meeting in Bern, Switzerland. “With mail parcels, we are potentially dealing with a different type of shipper and we are looking at significant and growing volumes,” he said. This may lead to a high percentage of shipments designated for additional security screening. Operationally, the challenge would be identifying where the individual parcels are located if the information is not processed by regulators quickly and efficiently.

“Postal Operators face their own challenges when it comes to screening,” said Brittin. “A shipment may be only one piece in a Unit Load Device (ULD), but may be required to be found, off-loaded and screened. We need to work to ensure standardisation of the data elements themselves, as well as security screening protocols, which now vary significantly.”