Hactl gains EU RA3 accreditation

The RA3 certificate details Hactl’s compliance with the requirements of the RA3 programme.


Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) has successfully achieved EU RA3 accreditation, spearheading the aviation security standards in Hong Kong. As a result, all cargoes bound for EU it handles comply with the new EU ACC3 regulations which become effective from 1 July 2014.

Achieving RA3 status required an independent audit of Hactl’s premises, staff vetting regime, training, procedures and security measures. The RA3 certificate details Hactl’s compliance with the requirements of the RA3 programme. “The overall security arrangements are comprehensive and robust. The security section is well-run by a highly-motivated team. The premises are secure with appropriate security measures resulting in a generally secure environment not only in the cargo handling area but the building overall.” remarked Mark Medwecki, EU independent validator at the conclusion of the validation inspection at Hactl.

The ACC3 regulation is the latest modification to security measures covering incoming cargo and mail from non-EU countries. The original measures were announced by the EU in 2011, and introduced in 2012, following the discovery of explosive devices transported as air cargo. The regulations place the onus on air carriers to meet certain standards for security prior to the loading of an aircraft bound for the EU, and to become designated as an “Air Cargo or Mail Carrier operating into the Union from a Third Country Airport” (ACC3). To obtain ACC3 status, the air carrier must deliver a “Declaration of Commitments” setting out how it has complied with aviation security responsibilities of any EU member state to which it flies cargo and/or mail.