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Secretary General's Update

Posted By Doug Brittin, Friday, November 20, 2015


As we advised to TIACA members last Friday, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) this week issued updated security measures to carriers, for cargo originating in and/or transiting three (3) specific countries in the Middle East. This action was in response to the recent downing of a passenger aircraft in the Sinai. The new TSA measures, issued to passenger as well as all-cargo carriers, are classified as Sensitive Security Information (SSI), so their specific contents may not be disclosed publicly, other than to the regulated parties. However, it is likely that they will create delays. The measures have an impact on shipments bound for the US, and in some cases also to other destinations. We recommend that forwarders and regulated agents who regularly have shipments originating or transiting these areas contact their carriers for further information.


In the EU, the pending UCC regulations propose imposing on traders an obligation to provide financial guarantees for the use of temporary storage (i.e. the procedure applicable before goods are cleared for import, transit, or export) – cf. Article 148 UCC, par.2 letter (c). This obligation to deposit a guarantee can be waived, but only on the basis of a specific authorization to be granted by EU Member States. It currently appears that EU Member States will not have appropriate systems in place to provide the necessary authorizations required under the new Customs Code by May 2016, thus making it virtually impossible for traders to apply for a guarantee waiver in time. Member States are still discussing with the EU Commission on how to resolve this situation in a pragmatic manner – in particular because this guarantee requirement concerns a procedure in which there is very limited risk. TIACA is closely engaged in these ongoing discussions.

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