​IATA's Preloading Advance Cargo Information (PLACI) Guidelines provides harmonized and standardized procedures for advance cargo information filing in a unique, comprehensive manual. It enables users to improve procedural efficiency and empowers their compliance with the preloading advance cargo information regulatory requirements applicable in the United States and due for implementation in Europe, UK and Canada.

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2022 Standard Procedures for Preloading Advance Cargo Information (PLACI)

Edition: 2022
Media: Windows
Language: English
Regular Price: US $125

2022 Standard Procedures for Preloading Advance Cargo Information (PLACI)

Edition: 2022
Media: Mobile
Language: English
Regular Price: US $125

What's inside the PLACI manual?

The IATA PLACI manual provides additional air cargo supply chain security by enabling an initial risk assessment of the cargo being carried prior to the aircraft's loading at the last point of departure.

IATA's Preloading Advance Cargo Information Guidelines encapsulates and furthers the international standards set in the World Customs Organization SAFE Framework of Standards through improved procedural harmonization and the inclusion of such additional elements as transmission protocols.

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The significant changes to the 3rd edition of the IATA PLACI manual include:

  • Guidance paper to address the self-filing issue faced by airlines when reporting shipment data to customs authorities, as per their pre-arrival and pre-loading Advance Cargo Information regulations.

Since customs authorities allow filing of House Waybill data by freight forwarders, it is pivotal that airlines and freight forwarders have common understanding and a standard protocol. This paper provides some recommendations to address this matter, outlining which elements should be taken into consideration by airlines and their supply chain partners, to add visibility to the self-filing process, enhance process and cost efficiency, and reduce the risk of related issues with customs.

  • A synopsis of the United Kingdom Home Office new Pre-Load Data Informed Cargo Targeting (PreDICT) Programme

Under the PreDICT program, advance data of UK destined shipments is transmitted to UK Border Force targeting system for evaluating air shipments for threats to aviation security prior to loading at the last port of departure to the United Kingdom. PreDICT messaging will align closely with those standards developed for use in the European Union’s Import Control System 2 (ICS2).

Why use the PLACI manual?

The benefits of IATA's Preloading Advance Cargo Information Guidelines include:

  • Alignment with regulatory requirements, such as US Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS), Canada Pre-Load Air Cargo Targeting (PACT), EU Pre-Loading Advance air Cargo Information (ICS2 PLACI) and UK Pre-Departure Information for Cargo Targeting (PreDICT), as well as future other PLACI initiatives worldwide
  • Avoiding non-compliance issues with regulators and supply chain partners that could result in substantial penalties and severe delays in shipment times
  • Having harmonized and standardized PLACI procedures in one user-friendly document

Relying on IATA's Preloading Advance Cargo Information Guidelines will assist:

  • Airlines by enhancing customer service through improved efficiency and shipment timings as well as by providing a single PLACI reference point for multiple regulatory regimes and supply chain partners
  • Freight Forwarders by providing a means to deal with a multifaceted, multi-layered air cargo supply chain in a consistent manner and, also, by clarifying PLACI-related rules and processes
  • Customs Authorities by promoting the mutual recognition of procedures and by facilitating training based on industry-agreed standards
  • Ground Handlers by establishing their responsibilities and obligations with well-documented procedures and by allowing them to better manage their resources based on advance information
  • IT and Security by encouraging the promotion of standards to keep the air cargo supply chain secure and by providing a user-friendly way to assess existing initiatives and plan future upgrades