FFE LAUNCHES INITIATIVES TO IMPROVE AVIATION SECURITY
Freight Forward Europe has recently presented two proposals for harmonized global security standards in air-freight traffic and “known” shippers in the air-freight supply chain.
The FFE proposals call for the establishment of a general cargo security declaration for known shippers, and a database for known shippers.
By completing the declaration form, shippers would state that they have been protected against unauthorized interference during preparation, storage and transportation phases. Shipments not complying with those criteria would be marked accordingly and tendered separately with a Security Exception Declaration form. Additionally, shipments not in compliance could be subjected to additional security measures.
The second proposal FFE presented calls for a database of known shippers. Once a shipper has been registered into a database, that shipper would be assigned and identification number. This number would be the same in all future documents, and that number would be used in future air waybills. Access to the database would be granted to members only, and non-members would have access based on an administrative fee.
FFE said it has taken its proposals to major global airlines and the Aviation Unit of the Transport Directorate in the European Commission in Brussels.
FFE represents the interests of nine of the largest global freight forwarders and logistics service providers: ABX Logistics, Dachser, Danzas, Exel, Geodis, Geologistics, Kuehne & Nagel, Panalpina and Schenker.