January 14 - TIACA members have been advised that recently released updates to security programmes for all-cargo aircraft in the USA must be implemented by February 16, 2015.

The updated security programmes, issued by the United States Transport Security Administration (TSA) on December 29, 2014, affect all US and non US-based freighter aircraft operators within, into, and out of the USA.

"The timing of the announcement over the holiday season, and the short implementation period are not ideal," said Doug Brittin, TIACA secretary general. "While the updates incorporate some ideas which industry has worked on with the TSA, they do not address the risk-based approach which we have discussed and fully supported."

The programmes incorporate structural changes and previous Emergency Amendments and Security Directives, but also require some changes in compliance procedures. Forwarders, regulated agents, and passenger carriers that tender cargo to freighter operators may also see an impact and should be notified by the operator where necessary, according to TIACA.

In accordance with the US Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), all-cargo/freighter operators may notify their appropriate TSA representatives regarding any elements of the programme changes, which they cannot implement by the February 16 deadline and seek amendments.

However, given the short implementation timeline, this also poses a challenge for industry. TIACA is recommending that members initiate this where necessary as soon as possible, to avoid any compliance issues.

"TIACA will continue to work closely with the TSA on these and other security issues, with the goal of building a risk-based rather than 'one size fits all' approach to global air cargo security measures which impact all segments of our industry," added Brittin.

"We would also urge the TSA to consider reinstating an air cargo division to facilitate an even closer working relationship with industry."