HONG KONG Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) has been validated as a Regulated Agent (RA3), enabling it to accept cargo on behalf of its airline customers for carriage to EU countries in accordance with the European Union’s new ACC3 security rules for incoming cargo and mail.
The certification follows an exhaustive independent audit of Hactl’s premises, staff vetting regime, training, procedures and security measures, says a company statement.
“The overall security arrangements are comprehensive and robust. The security section is well-run by a highly-motivated team,” remarks independent EU validator Mark Medwecki.
“The premises are secure with appropriate security measures resulting in a generally secure environment not only in the cargo handling area but in the building overall.”
“Hong Kong is a ‘Green’ listed country within the ACC3 regulations, so we are theoretically exempt from the need to apply for RA3 status,” adds Andrew Sin, Hactl’s senior manager of security services. “However we regard this as a very worthwhile independent check for our entire security regime and therefore applied for certification.”
“The fact that we passed without any issue is a welcome endorsement of our security measures and in the event that Hong Kong’s ‘Green’ status is changed Hactl will be in a position to handle cargo for all carriers shipping cargo into the EU without any further action," he concludes.
The new EU security regulations come into force from July.