ICAO-WCO conference highlights effective implementation of air cargo security

Published: Thursday, October 6, 2016

The focus of ICAO’s efforts with the World Customs Organization (WCO) is shifting from the creation of an effective regulatory framework, and evolving toward the fostering of best practices in operations and the provision of assistance to States, ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu told ministerial and industry leaders at a conference on the subject in Kuala Lumpur.

His keynote address at the ICAO-WCO Joint Conference on Enhancing Air Cargo Security and Facilitation: The P a t h to Effective Implementation also highlighted that much progress had been made in conceiving and aligning policies and tools and raising awareness amongst States, industry, and other stakeholders, putting ICAO- WCO cooperation on very firm footing moving forward.

“We now have in place new provisions for supply chain security, high risk cargo, transfer cargo, and the selection of appropriate screening methods, and efforts are continuing to align these rules and guidance with WCO’s related provisions,” Dr. Aliu said, underscoring that ICAO and the WCO must do everything they can to prevent the severe delays, disruptions and financial losses which can arise due to lapses in air cargo security.

“We are here today in order to support a vital and progressive air cargo industry. Above all, this means achieving the right balance between security and facilitation,” he stressed. “The global economy and the livelihoods of a large percentage of the world’s population depend on the rapid and reliable transport of air cargo. Improving connectivity is a great catalyst for development, and helps to open up new markets, generate commercial expansion, create jobs and raise living standards. ICAO will therefore continue to be in the forefront of air cargo development, protection, and promotion.”