IATA has identified four priorities to make air
cargo more secure and urged stakeholders to move forward on the
implementation of the Secure Freight principles.
Secure Freight was initiated by IATA to
promote global security standards in order to facilitate safe,
secure and efficient operations of air cargo.
“The stakes are high. If regulators and
governments lose confidence in the security of air freight, then
bureaucracy will increase and ultimately some items may not even
be viable to be air freighted. Commerce as we know it would look
very different,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
Speaking at the Secure Freight Forum held at
IATA’s offices in Geneva, Tyler noted that nearly 50 million
tonnes of cargo are transported by air each year. This translates
to $5.3 trillion of business which accounts for about 35% of the
value of goods traded internationally.
“Governments and industry share the goal of
keeping air cargo secure. That is the common ground for closer
cooperation, harmonization of regulations, global capacity
building and the long-term commitment that is needed,” said Tyler.
Tyler called for:
• Closer cooperation between all stakeholders: A
team effort engaging the entire air cargo supply chain and
governments is necessary to enhance and deploy global standards
• Harmonization and convergence of regulations:
The International Civil Aviation Organization should be the focal
point for this work, which could embrace a roadmap for states to
obtain mutual recognition of cargo security regimes.
• Global capacity building: Mutual support among
governments will strengthen the security network. There are
already good examples of this, such as Canada assisting Mexico
with security programs for cargo and passenger traffic.
• Long-term commitment: Harmonization and
recognition of air cargo security requires a continued commitment
from all parties over the long-term.
These priorities converge in the Secure Freight
principles. Eight pilot schemes around the world have demonstrated
that the tried and tested Secure Freight standards offer states a
robust security regime as well as significant economic benefits. A
case study of the Secure Freight pilot in Malaysia shows that the
benefits anticipated from full national implementation of Secure
Freight are estimated to be $350-600 million annually.
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