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Answers to air cargo's problems still elusive?

By Martin Roebuck on April 28, 2014

The International Air Transport Association’s soon-to-retire global head of cargo, Des Vertannes, said the industry still depends on freight status updates.

“Where we are in 2014 is not much further than where we were in 2010. We can have no level of confidence in screening done to piece level,” she said.

Reeder sees differing standards between companies as a further complication.

“There are too many business models in play. What happens at DHL is different from what happens in FedEx or at Atlas,” she said.

Annegret Rohloff, policy officer, risk management and security in the European Commission’s Taxation and Customs Directorate, said experiences and results from pilot projects were being shared with the U.S.

“We have even started compiling joint principles. We agree on most things – the data we would like transmitted, filing systems, and mitigation measures,” she said.

Vertannes said there are still “transit black holes” around the world, which is why the EU felt obliged to introduce its ACC3 regulations (Air Cargo or Mail Carrier operating into the Union from a Third Country Airport).

Despite the industry’s efforts, Vertannes acknowledged that mail, express and general cargo sectors “still progress at different speeds.” But he claimed that the Cargo 2000 master operating plan, no longer solely an IATA initiative but backed by the whole industry, provides the transparency regulators are looking for.

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