Emirates secures ACC3 validation

04 / 05 / 2014

  • Nabil Sultan, divisional senior vice-president of cargo at Emirates SkyCargo

    Nabil Sultan, divisional senior vice-president of cargo at Emirates SkyCargo

EMIRATES has successfully completed the validation process for the European Union-initiated ACC3 security regulation, becoming the Middle East region’s first air carrier to do so.

The qualification ensures Emirates SkyCargo’s uninterrupted services into the EU.

ACC3 is short for ‘air cargo or mail carrier operating into the EU from a third-country airport.’

Failure to complete it would have potentially prohibited Emirates from transporting cargo into the European Union – severely disrupting its operations.

An approved, independent inspector reviewed the air cargo processing and security measures in place at SkyCargo’s facility in Dubai.

Air cargo accounts for more than 15 per cent of the airline’s total transport revenue.

Dr Abdulla Al Hashimi, Emirates’ divisional senior vice-president of security says: “We placed the highest priority on the inspection and validation of our cargo operations in Dubai being the hub for our operations.

“Emirates is seeking similar validation at other stations from where Emirates regularly operates freighter flights direct to the European Union.”

The ACC3 regulation, introduced in 2012, requiring carriers to meet EU-standards on cargo screening measures; documentation; identification and processing of high-risk cargo; and staff recruitment as well as training.

Emirates is set to obtain ACC3 validation at additional airports from which Emirates operates direct flights into the EU before the July deadline.