UN Group to Propose Air Cargo Guidelines

UN Group to Propose Air Cargo Guidelines

The International Civil Aviation Organization within the next few weeks will propose air cargo security guidelines that closely reflect existing Transportation Security Administration guidelines.

The guidelines will focus on screening cargo before it reaches the airport, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. However, the guidelines stop short of recommending 100 percent cargo screening, which is required for all cargo carried on passenger flights in the U.S.

In the U.S., TSA relies heavily on the Certified Cargo Screening Program, a network of air forwarders, independent facilities and airlines that screen cargo before it’s loaded aboard aircraft.

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The ICAO is the aviation standards-setting agency of the United Nations. The security guidelines were recommended on Nov. 17. Its recommendations are not binding. If accepted by member nations, the changes will be added to the security annex of the 1947 Chicago Convention.

The AP said a text of the proposal will be available after member nations’ review and comments.

-- Contact R.G. Edmonson at bedmonson@joc.com.