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Are you ready for ACC3?

By 1 July 2014 all air cargo and mail carriers operating into the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) from third country airports are required to have obtained an EU Aviation Security Independent Validation. This is a compulsory step to maintain or acquire ACC3 designation through the carriers' allocated EU Appropriate Authority.

Getting validated

In order to be ready, carriers should urgently get in touch with an Independent Validator (IV) to discuss their requirements. IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) is now formally recognized by 12 EU countries. CEIV has trained 101 individuals to date, and the EU has officially  accredited 73 of them. An updated list of IVs (pdf) trained by CEIV and accredited by EU States is available at IATA's CEIV webpage.

The new EU regulations and deadlines will affect air carriers carrying cargo or mail into the EU/EEA and also have an impact in the secure supply chain and all entities that provide secured known cargo to those airlines. All carriers should contact their allocated EU State Appropriate Authority to know which last point of departure operations are affected by these regulations, and the potential additional security activities that may need to be undertaken to meet the new standards.

Dialogue for a secure supply chain

Over 120 Customs and security experts gathered in Limerick during the 19-20 of November to participate in the third Cargo & Mail Supply Chain Security Forum. Experts discussed critical topics, such as the necessity to find a balance between security and trade facilitation, and supported a continued dialogue among industry and regulators.

For a secure supply chain, communication is the key, but even more important is to ensure that all the affected parties participate in the dialogue. Participants concluded that the lay down of co-educational and co-created solutions is the optimum way forward to enhance air cargo security.

Security professionals have an opportunity to meet again at the next World Cargo Symposium in Los Angeles (US) on the 11-13 of March. Two half-day tracks (pdf) will bring together industry and government specialists to discuss on security and regulations issues. Register now and get the chance to address questions and comments directly to experts and policy makers such as Allan Collier (U.S. Department of Homeland Security) and Doug Brittin (TIACA).


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