​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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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 2nd edition of the PLACI manual contains guidance material for air carriers and their partners to be ready for compliance with EU-ICS2 MAIL consignments advance data filing requirements. If the necessary data have not been submitted to ICS2, consignments/cargo will be stopped at EU Customs border and Customs will not proceed with goods clearance.

Import Control System 2 (ICS) is the new EU customs advance cargo information system that will facilitate free flow of trade through improved data-driven customs security processes, adapted to global business models. It will collect data about all goods & mail entering the EU prior to their arrival.

The significant changes to the 2nd edition of the IATA PLACI manual include:

  • New Security Regime & Mail
  • EU-ICS2 Regulation & Mail, EU-ICS2 Implementation Strategy, EU-ICS2 Implementation Schedule, EU-ICS2 Trader Interface
  • What is required for EU-ICS2 Release 1 compliance?
  • Analysis of the UPU Global Postal Model: (i) Effectiveness of global postal model & (ii) Expected challenges
  • What is the operational impact of EU-ICS2 Release 1 on Postal Operators?
  • What is the air carrier’s involvement in the EU-ICS2? (i) EU-ICS2 Release 1 & (ii) EU-ICS2 Release 2
  • What has been achieved so far to prepare the industry for EU-ICS2 Release 2

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, multilayered 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