The International Air Transport Association is winning more government support for its Secure Freight programme with the UK Department for Transport agreeing to ensure the Secure Freight principles.
IATA has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Malaysia Civil Aviation Authority on expanding the Secure Freight pilot scheme, which began in 2010.
The first authority to offer official endorsement to Secure Freight principles was the Australian Office of Transport Security last summer.
Des Vertannes, IATA’s global head of cargo, said: “The UK DFT is an important indication of success so far and should encourage more governments to implement this global standard supply chain solution.”
The Secure Freight programme works across the whole air cargo supply chain. It is designed to secure shipments upstream by ensuring that cargo has come from either a known consignor or regulated agent. Secure Freight evaluates the strength of a nation’s aviation security infrastructure and works with the civil aviation authorities to ensure that cargo is kept sterile until it is loaded.
Five governments have agreed to be co-signing authorities on IATA’s Information Paper on Secure Freight, which will be presented at ICAO’s AVSEC Panel from 26-30 March. The countries co-signing the document include the CAA’s from Malaysia, Kenya, Mexico, UAE and Chile.