The U.N.’s International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Air Cargo Association signed a Declaration of Intent to strengthen cooperation on technical matters.
The declaration was officially signed in Dallas at TIACA’s 2013 Executive Summit by its chairman, Michael Steen, and by ICAO’s secretary general, Raymond Benjamin.
Under the terms of the agreement, ICAO and TIACA will work more closely on air cargo and mail security and facilitation, quickening the change from paper-based to electronic processes, environmental awareness and air cargo safety.
“This is another highly significant breakthrough in the new era of collaboration between our industry and leading regulatory bodies,” Steen said. “ICAO is taking a lead in critical areas of aviation, such as security and the environment, and the secretary general and his team have made a clear point of meeting with us, listening to our views and participating in our events to learn more about the requirements and concerns of the air cargo industry. ICAO clearly sees air cargo as the vital industry that it is and we welcome the opportunity to help this important global standards setter realize its objectives, based on a stronger understanding of the views of our sector.”
ICAO and TIACA have agreed to cooperate on a continuous basis. They will keep each other informed of activities and programs in the areas identified in the Declaration of Intent.
“ICAO has been grateful for the input and advice received by TIACA as we have begun to develop closer ties with the air cargo sector,” Benjamin said. “With this agreement now supporting our future cooperation across a wide range of shared priorities, ICAO will be focusing its near-term efforts on evolving our regulatory frameworks with states and industry stakeholders, including TIACA, toward the greater liberalization of air cargo services.”
TIACA has agreed to disseminate information on relevant ICAO standards and to promote implementation by its members. Each of the parties will also invite the other to be represented by observers at conferences or meetings relating to the areas of cooperation.