In July 2014, the European Union will enact new cargo security regulations meant to improve the operation of the supply chain.
According to an article on Air Cargo World, the rules will dictate that all carriers bringing cargo or mail into the EU from a non-EU country will have to have an EU aviation security validation of said cargo by an "independent expert." This must take place at every airport in the EU.
The idea is to maintain security as smoothly as possible. However, as the news source found, the International Air Cargo Association (IACA) does not believe these new regulations will go far enough and foresees problems with implementation.
"While the EU views these ACC3 regulations as an important step towards ensuring a more secure and efficient supply chain over the long-term, there are significant challenges to implementing them so quickly," Oliver Evans, TIACA chairman, told the news source. "Although we welcome the European Commission's recent outreach to industry stakeholders, there is still little consistency among EU/EFTA member states regarding the implementation process, and significantly more outreach is needed between the EU and non-EU civil aviation authorities."
In addition, the IACA stated its belief that the EU should find ways to secure cargo without running the risk of disrupting commerce.
There is a simple way to improve security. By using a proof of condition service like CargoSnapshot, carriers can monitor each piece of cargo for damage or theft without worrying about costly disruptions to the supply chain. It's a quick, efficient method that solves expensive problems.