Last week, TIACA, together with eight other trade associations, co-hosted the first U.S. Air Cargo Industry Affairs (USACIA) conference. Held in Washington, DC, USACIA brought together senior industry and government officials to discuss key regulatory issues for the air cargo industry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske informed attendees that the Administration is trying to finalize a proposed rule for the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) pilot before the end of the year, but that it is difficult to predict when internal review will be completed. Transportation Security Administrator Peter Neffenger voiced support for expanded use of third-party canines for air cargo screening, and also said he is open to industry’s suggestions about how to clarify TSA’s air cargo responsibilities and organization.
TIACA Secretary General Doug Brittin moderated a panel that addressed a range of security issues, including screening, vetting of shippers, ACAS, and mutual recognition. Sue Presti, TIACA’s Senior Director of Government Affairs, moderated a panel that explored the benefits and challenges of global harmonization, including development of “single windows,” pre-clearance initiatives, and harmonization of data elements.
USACIA is expected to become an annual event, and should create new opportunities for the air cargo industry to deliver its key messages to the Washington, DC, regulatory community.