IATA proof of concept for an Electronic Consignment Security Declaration in UK – live data transmission
In cooperation with industry and regulators, IATA has developed standards for procedures and data capture that enable an Electronic Consignment Security Declaration (e-CSD). This declaration, which could potentially be used for both cargo and mail, provides regulators and industry with an audit trail of security information related to an air mode supply chain movement.
The e-CSD highlights who secured what consignment, how it was secured and when it was secured. It provides evidence of which appropriate security measures were applied. It also simplifies the implementation of security emergency amendments through a harmonized mechanism and standard template.
IATA adopted the e-CSD and standard template as IATA Recommended Practice 1630 - “Cargo Security“. A Proof of Concept has been successfully conducted in the UK involving freight forwarders, ground handling agents, airlines, service providers and the UK Department for Transport.
An initial, limited, live data transmission test for a single (hypothetical) direct agency shipment from LHR to CDG was performed in cooperation with Air France, Kuehne + Nagel, Servisair and Traxon which was audited by the UK Department for Transport during the first week of April.
The results of the audit
The UK live data transmission test successfully proved that:
- The necessary security information exchanged between the parties and made available for the UK regulators was compliant with EU and UK aviation security regulations
- Stakeholders were in a position to establish an electronic consignment security declaration using Cargo-IMP messages
Many other countries indicated an interest in conducting similar Proof of Concepts as well, including the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Australia. Some of these are already getting underway.
The results of the audit of this single, limited, trial transmission were judged satisfactory by all parties involved, including the UK Department for Transport Regulatory Team and the UK Cargo Security Compliance Team.
Planning is already well under way for further trials as all stakeholders, particularly regulators, will require larger trial samples and more complex operational examples before committing to rolling out and/or approving the process on a national basis. All stakeholders continue to support the trial programme and are hopeful that a fully developed and approved electronic security declaration capability will be live and operational within the UK by year end.