So far so good for ACC3 says EU

Implementation of new European Union (EU) rules governing air cargo and mail, ACC3, have gone smoothly officials with the European Commission have said. Michael Mackey reports.


So far so good for ACC3 says EU


The new rules, require air carriers moving cargo and mail into the 28 member trade and policy bloc from outside, to do two things. One is ensure certain standards for security are met prior to the loading of an aircraft for the EU. Those same carriers must also be designated as an ‘Air Cargo or Mail Carrier operating into the Union from a Third Country Airport’ or ACC3.

To date, it’s a case of ‘so far, so good’ at least from the EU’s perspective. “The implementation went as expected.

Currently over 1,500 designations are included in the EU database,” European spokesperson for Transport, Helen Kearns, told Payload Asia.

A tad cooler but more forthcoming on the question of whether any carrier has actually been banned from carrying cargo into the EU, is the head of the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) ACC3 project.

“We are not directly aware of any bans on air cargo specifically due to the ACC3 regulations and the 1 July deadline. We are aware indirectly that some carriers / regulators are engaged in exchanges that may result in negative implications if issues cannot be resolved,” Mike Woodall, IATA project leader, independent validation and regulatory engagement, told Payload Asia.