The ICAO Council recently affirmed a recommendation from ICAO’s Aviation Security Panel that States should, within five years, eliminate the use of Account Consignors (ACs) as a shipper category. In some national security regimes, Account Consignors are allowed to originate cargo or mail shipments, but are limited to tendering them only for transport on all-cargo flights. The ICAO action was taken in part to promote common security baselines for all commercial aircraft.
The Council’s five-year timeframe extends until June 2021 and includes a mid-term review. States may soon begin notifying regulated parties of potential changes in security programs due to the Council’s decision. TIACA will monitor developments throughout this process and will work to ensure there is minimal disruption to air cargo operations as a result of this pending change.