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Collaboration key to air cargo security: regulators

SEOUL, Kor.–In an effort to avoid duplication over in air cargo security, the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) and the World Customs Organisation (WCO) have promised to seek synergies.

Speaking at The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA)”s Air Cargo Forum in Seoul, TIACA chairman Oliver Evans said the air cargo industry had to work more closely with regulators to deliver safe, reliable, efficient global trade.

“The industry is facing unprecedented challenges and unprecedented opportunities; we must face them together,” he said, reported Lloyd’s Loading List. “Collaboration is key. It is a long road, but it is an exciting one.”

Evans was joined by WCO secretary general Kunio Mikuriya and ICAO secretary general Raymond Benjamin at the plenary session, the first of 11 workshops and panels covering issues from advance data filing to security and training.

“Air trade is an essential enabler of global connectivity, but we need to forge practical partnerships and solutions,” Benjamin told delegates.

Mikuriya and Benjamin met with the TIACA board as part of a continued collaboration between the organisations.

“Getting information at an early stage, preferably pre-loading, is vital to deciding what approach is needed to high-risk cargo,” said Mr Mikuriya.

“That is why we have started working closely with the industry and ICAO and we are trying to find synergies to avoid duplication between supply chain partners.”

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