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Global Civil Aviation Group Urges Stricter Security on Airfreight

International Civil Aviation Organization authorities have encouraged the more than 700 officials that convened in Montreal for its High-level Conference on Aviation Security to adopt new airfreight security measures. A risk-based approach to cargo safety is key, ICAO personnel reiterated during the conference.

ICAO officials have been touting stricter airfreight security requirements since the thwarted 2010 Yemen cargo bomb plot. In 2011, ICAO signed an memorandum of understanding with the World Customs Organization to protect airfreight from acts of terrorism or other criminal activity, as well as accelerate the movement of goods by air. ICAO also unveiled its more stringent cargo security measures last year, one of which requires member states to establish supply-chain security processes.

Roberto Kobeh González, president of the ICAO Council, endorsed these goals during the conference. "Civil aviation remains an attractive target for terrorists," he said in a statement.

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ICAO officials have been touting stricter airfreight security requirements since the thwarted 2010 Yemen cargo bomb plot. In 2011, ICAO signed an memorandum of understanding with the World Customs Organization to protect airfreight from acts of terrorism or other criminal activity, as well as accelerate the movement of goods by air. ICAO also unveiled its more stringent cargo security measures last year, one of which requires member states to establish supply-chain security processes.

Roberto Kobeh González, president of the ICAO Council, endorsed these goals during the conference. "Civil aviation remains an attractive target for terrorists," he said in a statement.

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