Customs Advisory Group
The Customs Advisory Group (CUSAG) was established by the Cargo Committee to develop a more proactive relationship with Customs Administrations.
The primary objectives of CUSAG are as follows:
- Ensure that Customs requirements will take full account of the interests and constraints of the airline industry
- Ensure that Customs requirements are compatible with existing:
- International Customs standards (i.e. WCO)
- Industry standards (i.e. IATA, ICAO)
- Primary focus will be on advanced electronic cargo reporting requirements for risk assessment purpose
- Review and endorse IATA Positions related to Customs;
- Report Customs requirements with challenging compliance issues;
- Assess and identify appropriate responses to Customs issues;
- Lobby, consult and dialogue with Customs administrations;
- Ensure that the requirements and compliance procedures are communicated to the industry;
- Coordinate with the IATA FIATA Customs Working Group (IFCWG);
- Ensure that Customs requirements are included in IATA standards & initiatives;
- Communicate regularly to the Cargo Committee the progress made in influencing Customs.
For detailed information on CUSAG, please see CUSAG Approach v0.3 (pdf)
IATA Position Paper on Advance Electronic Information for Risk Assessment v3.4 (pdf)
GEA-IATA Position Paper on ACAS-type Programmes (pdf)
CUSAG consists of 20 members appointed by the Cargo Committee for a two-year term. There will be a maximum of 17 airline representatives and 3 representatives from other associations.
The current CUSAG Chairman is Mr. Axel Klein (Lufthansa) and the Vice Chairman is Ms. Elizabeth Shaver (Airlines for America, A4A).
The group has one scheduled face-to-face meeting in a year. Interim meetings are held by teleconference.
- Gordon Wright
Senior Manager, Cargo Security Processes & Standards, IATA