1. On June 9-10, TIACA participated in the Cargo Council meeting of Airlines for America (A4A) and, on June 17, participated in the Cargo Airline Association’s (CAA) quarterly meeting. Both offered the opportunity to liaise with industry colleagues and regulators, to exchange views on a range of security, environmental, customs, and other issues, and to share TIACA’s perspectives. They also reinforce the necessary contacts to forge coalitions to address key subjects. An example of this is our recent collaborative work, led by TIACA, in which we addressed the process by which TSA is renewing its security mutual recognition agreements. As described in a previous communication to TIACA members, these are carried out under TSA’s National Cargo Security Program (NCSP), and many of the existing agreements are approaching their renewal dates. TSA has raised questions about certain parts of other countries’ security regimes. We have in turn raised concerns about possible sudden changes to security requirements and potential operational consequences. Working together with A4A, CAA, the Airforwarders Association, the Global Express Association, IATA, the Express Association of America, the Association of European Airlines, and the European Express Association, TIACA sent letters outlining these concerns to senior TSA and EU officials. We are actively continuing to work towards a mutually acceptable resolution.
2. On June 22, TIACA co-sponsored an industry-government meeting to review significant outstanding issues and next steps on the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) initiative, which is the United States’ PLACI program that has been piloted for the last four years. The meeting was conducted with our fellow associations: Airlines for America, the Express Association of America, and the International Air Transport Association. While this type of meeting was held regularly during the first two years of the ACAS pilot, the June 22 event was the first such meeting since October 2012, and offered industry, CBP and TSA the opportunity to review what has been learned from the pilots, and to identify key outstanding issues.
Doug Brittin moderated a panel on international issues, and TIACA’s Washington DC chair of the industry's international working group, outlined key objectives and work streams moving forward. These include: expanding mutual recognition, interoperability of multiple PLACI systems, and the need for global standards and systems integration. Further discussion centered on possible capabilities for the government to provide a neutral web-based platform, to enable smaller forwarders to readily access the ACAS system to file directly, and not remain reliant on carriers, a position which TIACA has proposed and supports. At this point no commitment was made, but opportunities for comment will be available when the DHS rulemaking notice is issued, perhaps later this calendar year. US regulators acknowledged that much work remains before the program can be fully operational, and committed to working with TIACA and industry in this effort.
PLACI regimes will have an impact on most air cargo supply chain partners, even in countries that do not implement their own PLACI system, because of the need to provide advance data on shipments that transit or are destined for PLACI countries (which will include the U.S., EU, Canada, Japan and others).
3. On June 25, TIACA met with TSA officials to discuss the status of various security issues affecting air cargo supply chain partners, including research and development of technologies for air cargo screening, potential expanded use of canines for cargo screening by forwarders and others, and renewal of TSA’s mutual recognition agreements with other countries, stressing the concerns reflected in the earlier meetings.
4. On June 30, TIACA, along with industry colleagues from the Cargo Airline Association, met with TSA officials to discuss issues related to U.S. screening requirements under the Standard Security Programs (SSPs), and also ICAO's upcoming discussions on air cargo security within the Working Group on Air Cargo Security. The details of the meeting are restricted as they are covered by Sensitive Security Information, but potential changes to SSPs have the potential to affect all supply chain partners, including airlines, forwarders, truckers and ground handlers, potentially adding costs and new screening requirements.
- On Jun 07 - 08 , TIACA participated at the last meeting of the old WCO PSCG (Private Sector Consultative Group)
o One main topic was the future of PSCG, its new structure, and which existing members would be elected to continue within the new body. The PSCG provides a direct opportunity for industry to discuss and influence policy issues within the WCO.
o The second major topic was the preparation of a presentation for the Policy Commission Meeting at Jun 09 to outline the structure going forward.
Download: PSCG Report to the Policy Commission June 2015
o On June 08, Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya informed the PSCG members, about the structure of the new PSCG. The complete PSCG will have 21 Members in total, and ideally all regions will be represented.
o As the criteria for membership of newly re-constituted PSCG has changed, the key points include:
- Two-thirds representation from industry companies and one-third from industry associations. • Geographical/regional balance. The aim is to have at least one company/association from each of the six WCO regions. • Ensuring that a diversity of business sectors is represented. • At the outset, ensuring a balance between experience (existing PSCG members) and new members. • Initially, the length of membership may vary (one year, two years or three years) to ensure efficient and staggered turnover of members.
o TIACA will retain its current ability to attend and also to apply in 2016 for a continuing 3 year membership on the PSCG.
- On June 09 TIACA attended the WCO Policy Commission Meeting
o There was further discussion and final adoption of the agreed changes at the 2015 version of the SAFE agreement on standards.
Download: SAFE Framework of Standards
o As there were no real objections against the changes to the policy, the commission agreed and passed the document to the Council for final WCO adoption.
o TIACA played a significant role over the past 2 years in directing the specific language of these provisions, both directly with the WCO, and through our work on the joint ICAO/WCO Joint Working Group on Advance Cargo Information. (JWGACI). This includes: limiting the selection criteria for Advance Data to "7+1”, when regulators desired using those elements as "minimum” requirement, which would have opened the door for essentially unlimited requests (see Annex III of the SAFE 2015 document); and language to ensure closer cooperation and harmonization of Customs and Civil Aviation measures (highlighted in Sections 2.4 and 2.8 of the SAFE 2015 document). TIACA will continue its efforts to further align these measures globally, to minimize the costs and challenges of implementing multiple measures for forwarders, regulated agents, ground handlers and carriers.
o The presentation prepared by the PSCG is attached above.
On Jun 11 - 12 TIACA participated in the full WCO Council Session
o The main topics from a TIACA perspective were the final discussion and adoption of SAFE changes as well the new PSCG structure. TIACA provided supporting discussion.
o Other key topics have been:
- The Capacity building initiative within WCO
- WTO’ trade facilitation network and
- Customs business partnership guidance
TIACA will continue to attend those meetings and will continuously work together with WCO to help shape direction and policy to ensure all supply chain segment issues are addressed
On June 25, TIACA participated in the European Union’s DG MOVE SAGAS (Stakeholders Advisory Group on Aviation Security ) meeting, for discussions between DG MOVE // EU Member States and Trade of the following key topics:
o Update on the 85th AVSEC Regulatory Committee meeting with all the PLACI developments at JWGACI, WCO, ICAO etc.
- Mutual recognition agreements , and:
- The Inspection activities of TSA and US airports, concerns on consolidating efforts and recognizing mutual procedures
- Challenges with TSA and EU mutual recognition, including the next steps discussion on the two letters sent to TSA (as noted in the USA segment above)
- Cyber Security –steps to identify challenges and opportunities to minimize disruption across the supply chain.
Download: Information Note on Cybersecurity
o Draft proposal on the latest version of the UCC Implementing and Delegating Acts (IA and DA) for PLACI throughout the EU
Download: TAXUD MOVE Joint Referrals
Discussion on Cargo Screening technology developments and requirements/standardization. EEA gave a presentation on a study they did and asked interested associations for their support to start a joint initiative. TIACA has been a strong advocate of this concept, regionally and globally, and will continue to support all avenues, in the interest of reducing costs of equipment through standardization, with resulting reduced costs in implementation and training,
Download: Presentation on Study Results - EEA
On June 29 and 30, TIACA participated in the European Union’s TAXUD ECCG (Electronic Customs Coordination Group) where TAXUD informed, discussed and approved with Member States the latest IT related developments within the EU. Trade is now invited to give input, raise concerns and make proposals how to proceed. Main topics have been:
o EU Single window Project
o UCC Business case and BPM activities
Download: Business Case and BPM Activities
o Customs 2020 Project Group to Examine impact of the UCC related IT requirements on the MS system
o UCC Customs decisions // overview on MS //TCG comments on Trader portal
o Customs decisions and Proof of Union status
o AEO UCC and AES inception phase
o Business Continuity plan and Customs Union performance
TIACA will be providing information regarding next steps and necessary feedback.