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EU-US Harmonize Cargo Security Procedures

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

05 June 2012

The International Air Transport Association has applauded the signing of a historic agreement on June 1 between the European Commission and the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) which provides for the mutual recognition of each other’s air cargo security programs.

The agreement is the culmination of seven years' effort by regulators and industry stakeholders to achieve alignment of air cargo security measures.

The US-EU cargo security agreement means that the US recognizes the equivalency and effectiveness of EU cargo security regimes as applied in all 27 EU countries and Switzerland. This will allow all air carriers flying out of the EU and Switzerland to apply EU security measures as a means of complying with US law. Similarly, the EU recognizes the equivalence of the US air cargo security regime which will allow cargo flying from the US into the EU and Switzerland not to be subjected to additional EU security measures at US airports.

“Air cargo is vital to the global economy. By value, thirty-five percent of goods traded internationally are transported by air. It is critical for global business that these shipments move both securely and efficiently. The US-EU Cargo Security Agreement marks a major step forward in one of the most important air cargo markets,” said Tony Tyler, IATA Director General and CEO.

“This agreement is a great example of what can be achieved when stakeholders cooperate as partners with a common purpose. Regulators and industry have worked closely together throughout over seven years with a focus on harmonization and better security. We hope that this agreement is the cornerstone for further alignment, especially for passenger security. This partnership model should serve as a template for other national regulators moving towards risk-based security regimes,” Tyler said.

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