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Fact Sheet: Cargo Security

Secure Freight

  • Regulators, shippers, freight forwarders and technology providers share responsibility with airlines for creating a secure and trusted air cargo supply chain
  • IATA is working to enhance supply chain integrity with its Secure Freight (SF) program, launched in 2008
  • Secure Freight aims to facilitate safe, secure and efficient operations of air cargo by assisting governments in the implementation of global air cargo supply chain security standards and programs. IATA has achieved the recognition of Secure Freight Principles by the EC, UK DfT, AU OTS and WCO and works collaboratively with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), in the development of new cargo security standards and in designing ICAO’s Strategy to Build Capacity for Air Cargo Security and Mail.
  • The first SF pilot was in Malaysia and Kenya finalized in 2013. Ongoing pilots include Mexico, Chile, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Brazil, Jordan, Bahrain, Turkey and upcoming The Philippines, Russia and Lebanon.
  • The potential impact of SF to developing and emerging states’ economies has been assessed by value proposition case studies that considered Malaysia’s and Kenya’s experiences.
  • IATA’s co-sponsored paper by seven States, FIATA and TIACA on the Roadmap for Mutual Recognition of Air Cargo Security Programs at the 25th ICAO AVSEC Panel meeting was broadly supported, commended and endorsed by the panel, with a call for action to collect input for the next WGACS meeting in Singapore at the end of July.

e-Consignment Security Declaration (CSD/ e-CSD)

  • The Consignment Security Declaration avoids duplicate screening by supply chain stakeholders and reduces congestion at the airport.
  • The leading principle is that consignments secured upstream in the supply chain do not need to be re-screened when a consignment security declaration is provided to proof that the cargo has been maintained secured and sterile.
  • The 2014 target is the formal adoption by eight airlines through Letter of Intent (LOI) and Road Map for implementation.
  • Eight airlines have already committed via LOI and three by providing their Road Maps.
  • The strong support of States and stakeholders that have participated to the e-CSD trials in UK, CA, ZA, AU, DE, CH, NL in 2011/2013 ensured the inclusion of the e-CSD format in Chapter 13 of ICAO’s Security Manual Doc 8973, with a new standard adopted by the Aviation Security Panel in July 2013.
  • The CSD layout is now available in Chinese, Arabic, Russian, French and Spanish providing industry with a global audit trail of who secured what consignment, how and when. 
  • Proofs of Concepts are on-going in Kenya, Singapore and Australia and will be closed by the end of 2014.
  • An e-CSD workshop with record attendance of more than 90 participants was conducted during the World Cargo Symposium in Los Angeles. During the workshop FIATA formally approved the e-CSD/CSD and encouraged their members to make use of it.


  • IATA is working with the United States (Air Cargo Advance Screening, ACAS) and European Commission (Pre-Loading Consignment Information for Secure Entry, PRECISE) and Canada (Pre Load Air Cargo Targeting, PACT) to develop electronic targeting systems to identify high risk cargo prior to loading for additional scrutiny in order to mitigate security risks.  IATA is also working with the World Customs Organisation to develop associated global Customs standards. 


  • The Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) has been formally accredited by 12 EU States.
  • Over 100 validators have been trained to date, with over 80 certified. A growing number of validations are being conducted.
  • IATA CEIV has contacted over 220 member airlines to investigate if they are impacted and where appropriate to explain what ACC3 is and what they need to do.
  • With our support, many carriers have agreed to validation sampling regimes with their EU regulators that will substantially reduce the immediate and medium-term impacts of this regulation, including the cost.
  • An indirect benefit (of CEIV) is that deadline flexibility (of possibly up to six months for “objective reasons beyond the carriers’ control”) is expected to be agreed by EU States shortly.
  • CEIV will increasingly support carriers to create and agree compliance rectification action plans, where necessary. IATA is confident, if all members play their part, air cargo movements into and through Europe will continue normally following the July deadline.

Updated: May 2014


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