200 ACC3 certs expire without incident: IATA
The 1 January expiry of some 200 temporary ACC3 accreditations for various cargo handling facilities and carriers around the world has not resulted in any negative impacts as of 27 January 2015, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) told Payload Asia, but the ultimate sanction of banning cargo uplift into Europe is still on the table. By Donald Urquhart.
February 1, 2015
By Donald Urquhart
The original ACC3 deadline was 1 July 2014, which saw nearly 1,100 independent validations conducted with about 120 IATA members holding designations for their various stations. The remaining 120 or so IATA members are either not flying cargo to Europe or they’re flying cargo from socalled ‘green-list’ countries who have no ACC3 requirement.
For carriers unable to complete the validation process of third country supply chains and facilities in time for the 1 July 2014 deadline, a six-month extension was possible from the carriers’ member state of reference, as was the case in these 200 temporary declarations. Speaking to cargo media in Geneva in early December, Gordon Wright senior manager, cargo customs and facilitation at IATA said: The biggest challenge now is that 200 of the destinations that we have today exist with the temporary six-month extension that will run out on 1 January.”
In his response to Payload Asia queries on the expiration, Mike Woodall, project leader cargo security independent validation & international regulatory engagement at IATA explained that the number ‘200’ relates to, “location specific/ carrier specific ACC3 designations, thus the number ‘200’ does not represent 200 carriers, or 200 locations, but a myriad of potential combinations of the two.”