IATA launches cargo security task force
03 / 05 / 2011
IATA has re-established its Cargo Security Task Force (CSTF) in a bid to refine regulations and standards.
The CSTF, consisting of senior air cargo security experts, will work with regulators and aviation and Customs organisations to enhance practices across the supply chain.
The CSTF will review draft amendments from regulators to limit knee-jerk reactions; define a strong industry position on cargo and mail security; define or enhance cargo and mail security standards and training; lobby the international organisations and regional/national regulators; and provide feedback on industry initiatives related to cargo and mail security.
The industry is working on the following main initiatives. Standard consignment security declaration: to provide an audit trail of how, when and by whom cargo has been secured along the supply chain. Standard advance electronic information: to review the advance cargo information reporting process and timelines to improve risk assessment. Standard supply chain security programme: to implement the secure freight programme in countries where none exists currently.
The Task Force will report jointly to the IATA Cargo Committee and to the Security Executive Group.