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Secure Freight

A supply chain security program

Secure Freight is an IATA program for the global air cargo supply chain security. It promotes government standards and principles in which freight is secured upstream early on in the supply chain and then protected from unlawful interference until it reaches its destination.

Secure Freight addresses deficiencies in existing cargo security regimes and brings countries up to the level of ICAO Annex 17 and 9 standards with the help of various tools.

Secure Freight tools

  • A national Secure Freight Program to regulate the air cargo industry within the state
  • The Secure Freight Standards Manual which defines how Secure Freight operators in that state comply with standards that allow shipments to be transported securely across supply chains
  • The Secure Freight Operational Procedures, which provide practical guidance on how to move cargo and its associated information through the secure supply chain
  • Security Programs template for Secure Freight operators
  • Validation & Certification Check lists for SF Operators (Dec 2013), among others

Secure Freight pilot programs are currently running in a range of countries on different continents. Following completion of a pilot, authorities are expected to implement quality assurance processes that ensure adherence to the standards outlined in the program as well as to undertake the necessary changes to national law/regimes for full implementation.


With Secure Freight, IATA offers assistance through the creation of templates and documents, best practices (standards and processes) to assist in securing the supply chain. 

Secure Freight is tailored for countries where supply chain processes do not exist or require enhancements.  

Secure Freight complements existing compliance tools e.g. SeMS, IOSA and ISAGO.



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