Doug Brittin, TIACA’s Secretary General

TIACA advocates a phased approach for advance data regulations

A new position paper, published by The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), advises regulators to take a sequential approach, and ensure compatibility and operational feasibility on both Customs and Civil Aviation aspects.

The document outlines that regulators should continue to work closely with all members of the air cargo supply chain to ensure impending advance data regulations enhance security without impeding cargo flows.

Following the ‘Yemen incident’ in 2010, pre-loading advance cargo information (PLACI) initiatives undertaken by the US, EU, and Canada have proved that using Advance Data for civil aviation risk assessment provides an additional layer of security.

TIACA also agrees that the so-called ‘7+1’ data set currently used in the pilot phase is sufficient for civil aviation risk assessment and can be provided early in the supply chain.  The World Customs Organization (WCO) has taken several steps to incorporate 7+1 into its SAFE Framework of Standards and is expected to finalise this action in June.

The ‘7+1’ data elements are: (7) – the number of pieces, total weight, general cargo description, shipper name, shipper address, shipper address, consignee name, and consignee address (all as described on the house air waybill), plus (1) – the house air waybill number.

However, TIACA is calling on regulators to avoid imposing penalties for 7+1 data submission errors.

The TIACA position paper also calls for a portal or other easily accessible system for small and medium forwarders to use when submitting data, to avoid the complications and IT costs to connect with existing automation systems

It further stresses that regulators must enable all relevant parties including carriers and others, such as Regulated Agents or Postal Operators in the supply chain, to submit data in order to encourage industry to provide it as early as possible.

Doug Brittin, TIACA’s Secretary General, commented: “PLACI regulations must take into account the fact that industry is providing data to the best of its knowledge, at an early stage of the supply chain, in order to promote the shared objective of enhancing security.

“Because of this, regulators should not look to apply penalties for any errors or updates to PLACI, as data is being provided on a best efforts basis.”

TIACA’s Position Paper also states that Advance Data systems should adopt an outcome-oriented approach, and be flexible enough to adapt to diverse supply chain business models such as express, general cargo, and post.

“This will ensure that all supply chain models are able to provide the necessary data, and that the data can be analysed and security enhanced, while commercial flows are unimpeded,” said Mr Brittin.

A full copy of the position paper can be downloaded from the TIACA website: www.tiaca.org