Europe and the USA edge forward on air cargo security

Europe’s leading network carriers…

Europe’s leading network carriers, represented by the Association of European Airlines (AEA), are urging US regulators to fully recognise European air cargo security standards and accelerate progress towards a mutual recognition agreement.

“At the moment European airlines have to seek cargo security approval on both sides of the Atlantic,” said AEA Secretary General Ulrich Schulte-Strathaus. “We are calling on US regulators to accept Europe’s robust security standards as equal to their own. This will simplify processes for airlines and remove unnecessary duplication.”

A significant volume of air freight – 9% of the worldwide total – is carried over the North Atlantic. Mutual recognition would streamline this essential trade flow, while maintaining the highest possible security levels.

“We are encouraged that a number of EU States have recently signed bilateral cargo recognition agreements with the USA, but this must serve as a concrete foundation towards our final goal: a single, comprehensive EU-US deal,” he said.

Over recent months, Finland, France, Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK have finalised cargo recognition agreements with the USA and several more are underway.

“Once we have a critical build-up of US approvals, an EU-wide deal will be a simple next step. These audits should give the USA confirmation, if it is really needed, that European regulators take air cargo security extremely seriously,” concluded Mr Schulte-Strathaus.