Security dominates annual FAPAA meeting

Security – particularly the European Unions ACC3 requirements – once again dominated the key issues discussed over the annual two day meeting of the 20-member, regional freight forwarding group, Federation of Asia Pacific Aircargo Associations (FAPAA).


Security dominates annual FAPAA meeting


Security – particularly the European Unions ACC3 requirements – once again dominated the key issues discussed over the annual two day meeting of the 20-member, regional freight forwarding group, Federation of Asia Pacific Aircargo Associations (FAPAA).

Hosted by the Hong Kong Association of Freight Forwarding and Logistics Ltd (HAFFA), FAPAA’s 41st Executive Council Meeting and AGM was also notable for the participation of China for the first time as a full member.

Delegates from 19 of the 20 FAPAA member organisations shared information on developments and technical issues along with updates from their liaison with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), on a number of topics including the project to implement aspects of the e-freight initiative, particularly the e-airway bill (e-AWB) and the Electronic Security Declaration (e-CSD).

One of the most important topics discussed was the impending EU aviation security regulation known as ACC3, requiring airlines and their origin and /or transit airports to acquire accreditation by 1 July, in order to be able to carry cargo into the European Union. Although the ACC3 is applied to carriers and handling facilities, not countries in order to avoid accusations of extra-territorialism by the EU, certain origin countries and hence their carriers and handling facilities are exempt in what is known as a ‘Green’ country, but the remainder require this independent validation.