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Bangkok Flight Services prepares for EU's new security rules

By Staff Reports on February 18, 2014

Stewart Sinclair is managing director of Bangkok Flight Services/Worldwide Flight Services, which has been validated as a regulated agent (RA3)

Bangkok Flight Services (BFS) has been validated as a regulated agent (RA3), enabling it to accept cargo on behalf of its airline customers for carriage to European Union countries in accordance with the EU’s new ACC3 security rules for incoming cargo and mail.

Air Cargo World published a story about the ACC3 regulations that are taking effect July 1.

BFS is one of the first ground-handling agents to successfully gain RA3 status after being audited by an accredited EU security validator.

“Since the establishment of the EU regulations regarding the carriage of air cargo from third countries into the EU states, BFS has been working closely with our customer airlines and industry bodies to establish exactly what the requirements were for both airlines and ground handlers,” Stewart Sinclair, managing director of Bangkok Flight Services/Worldwide Flight Services, said. “Even though it is apparent that the onus is on airlines to ensure a secure supply chain, BFS decided that it would be of benefit to our airline customers and to our operation to achieve validation as a regulated agent at the earliest possible time. This ensures our airline customers have the most simplified process to continue carrying cargo from Thailand into Europe. We are proud to have been validated at our first attempt and look forward to working with our airline customers to ensure a fully secured supply chain through our cargo terminal for all shipments to the EU states.”