IATA & ICP partner to enhance Air Cargo Security in UAE

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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UAE’s Federal Authorities for Identity, Citizen, Custom, and Port Security (ICP) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have agreed to work together on the deployment of a Pre-Loading Advance Cargo Information (PLACI) System in the Emirates.

UAE will be the first country outside of the US and the EU to implement a PLACI regime to create a more secure air cargo supply chain in the country.

The submission of advance cargo information enables ICP to target and assess risks related to cargo shipments before the arrival of the shipment to the country of destination.

According to the statement, “This new layer of security to be applied before loading shipments bound to UAE complies with principles set jointly by the International Civil Aviation Organization and World Customs Organization.”

IATA stated that cooperation between the two entities will ensure that industry standards will be integrated into this PLACI regime.

Kamil Alawadhi
Kamil Alawadhi
Regional VP – Africa & ME

“IATA has a strong relationship with ICP and is proud to assist in the development of the UAE’s pre-loading electronic advance information program. The project will employ IATA messaging standards and existing business processes in one of the few pre-loading electronic advance information programs currently developed worldwide. The endorsement of IATA standards by a national administration is an important step towards harmonizing standards across the industry which is critical for the secure flow of trade.  We look forward to a successful implementation, setting an example for other countries.”

Major General Suhail Saeed Al Khaeeli, General Director of ICP said that, “The cooperation between IATA and ICP regarding air freight security will contribute to achieving a higher level of security in this vital sector in light of harmonizing national regulations with international standards. This will facilitate the smooth flow of supply chain security and trade through a developed and coordinated approach, which will reinforce UAE’s position as an international center for trade and shipping.”

“It’s worth noting that the ICP UAE is one of the pioneering institutions implementing the initiative which complies with International Civil Aviation Organization and World Customs Organization joint standards,” the ICP General Director added.

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