Secretary General's Update
The UK vote to exit the European Union stirs up the already muddy global air cargo picture even further, and we must all work together to ensure we gain clarity. While we do not yet know the timing, we should at least begin to consider the potential impact on our industry, including air cargo flows and security requirements.
It is too early to speculate on what the actual implications may be for our industry. Will there be changes to Open Skies? How will it affect the movement of air cargo through the UK (including surface border crossings to the continent)? How might it affect air cargo flows to and from Europe? The economic and commercial implications of Brexit could affect the air cargo industry in many ways, and we must carefully monitor developments.
On security matters, will there now be a separate version of PLACI that needs to be considered (or will the UK adopt the EU program intact)? Will there be changes to the TSA’s Mutual Recognition agreements? The UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) has of course long been a leading force in developing air cargo security programs, many of which have been adopted elsewhere. As an example, the UK model of the Known Consignor was the basis for the US’ Certified Cargo Screening Program. More recently, the UK has been instrumental in enabling wider usage of canines, including those which are operated by private contractors, even beyond their borders. But, for now, we do not know how Brexit might affect air cargo security requirements and innovations.
These and many more questions remain, and it is our job as industry to fully collaborate across all sectors, and discuss concerns with Civil Aviation, Customs, and other regulators, to ensure a smooth transition. TIACA will actively engage in this process, and will share significant developments with our members.