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Airfreight Group Argues for 'Harmonized' Approach to Risk Assessment on U.S. Model

In a position paper, the Global Air Cargo Advisory Group warned against the issuance of ad-hoc directives about the utilization of advance electronic data for airfreight security. Instead, the coalition encouraged governments around the world to take cues from the industry and look to the Air Cargo Advance Screening pilot program currently under way in the U.S. for guidance.

"We are a global industry and it is critical that we work with regulators to develop a global, harmonized approach in this area," GACAG Chairman Michael Steen said in a statement. "We believe there will be great value from our industry members' participation in the ACAS pilot in the U.S., and on drawing lessons from that pilot toward a globalized and harmonized outcome."

Still, GACAG touted the use of advance electronic data for assessing risk in the airfreight supply chain, highlighting the World Customs Organization's SAFE Framework of Standards as a good model to follow. But the coalition warned that "non-uniform approaches" to the utilization of advance electronic information could lead to bureaucracy, higher costs and confusion throughout the airline sector.

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"We are a global industry and it is critical that we work with regulators to develop a global, harmonized approach in this area," GACAG Chairman Michael Steen said in a statement. "We believe there will be great value from our industry members' participation in the ACAS pilot in the U.S., and on drawing lessons from that pilot toward a globalized and harmonized outcome."

Still, GACAG touted the use of advance electronic data for assessing risk in the airfreight supply chain, highlighting the World Customs Organization's SAFE Framework of Standards as a good model to follow. But the coalition warned that "non-uniform approaches" to the utilization of advance electronic information could lead to bureaucracy, higher costs and confusion throughout the airline sector.

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