Kintetsu World Express first southern African logistics company to receive top EU safety accreditation – RA3 designation

Taking the lead, Kintetsu World Express South Africa became the first freight forwarder to be validated in accordance with the new, stringent EU security measures. The validation was conducted by an EU independent and accredited aviation security validator.

New EU security regulatory measures: 2014

Cargo security came under scrutiny when two packages containing viable explosive devices hidden in printer cartridges moved undetected through Europe in October 2010, before it was intercepted in Britain. This serious incident prompted the European Union to introduce, in addition to the ICAO Annexure 17 Regulations [covered under Part 108 of the SACAA regulations], additional measures to include air cargo or mail carriers operating in the EU from a third country airport (non EU).

In essence, this means that as from 1 July 2014, no cargo may be flown on an aircraft into the EU region without strict adherence to the new regulatory measures.

Stepping forward

Richard Szabo, director at KWE SA explains: “our business operations play a fundamental role in underpinning the success of our global footprint.”

“Our ranking as one of the top global freight forwarding companies bears testimony that we view our role as an integrated logistics supply chain company seriously. We value our role as involved business partners who deliver high quality services and it is thus tantamount that our corporate governance and EU conformance remain progressive, audited and in place” .

EU validation achievement

“Our validation underscores our impeccably high standard of service” comments Ikuhiro Hojo, director at KWE SA “particularly within the aerospace logistics industry. We were one of the first agents in South Africa to be certified against the CAA’s Part 108 security policy and this was by no means an easy feat. We continuously strive towards maintaining the highest possible standards when it comes to managing our customers’ freight.”

Independent EU aviation security validators

According to a spokesperson for Professional Cargo Security, EU aviation security validator Sander De Man; KWE SA’s first off the mark move illustrates their commitment to security and willingness to partnership with the EU, in order to achieve greater security. De Man is part of a European association of validators based in the Netherlands, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.

Continued: Kintetsu World Express receives top EU safety accreditation

He reiterated that in order to comply with the Regulations, airlines have already made written declarations of commitment to the EU. All forwarding, courier agents, airlines and consignors must become validated by an EU qualified validator accredited as such, by an EU member state.

KWE commended

David Alexander, General Manager, Compliance of Professional commended KWE SA as follows: “I am proud to be associated with Kintetsu World Express South Africa in introducing these measures and compliment them on their commitment and dedication to making our skies that much safer.”

IATA Centre of Excellence

EU independent aviation security validators have been trained through the IATA Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators; and were appointed accordingly. These accredited validators have the mandate as EU representatives to validate Airlines (validation reference ACC3), Ground Handling Agents and Forwarding Agents (validation reference RA3) and Known Consignors [validation reference KC3] as well as consignors by physical inspection of premises, records systems and procedures. Revalidation is required every 5 [five] years.

Risk assessment

There are several thousand airline cargo facilities [stations] which have to be validated before the July 2014 deadline. Non EU countries are categorized depending on risk assessment. The most secure category [in very few countries], require no further security measures except which already is in place such as the ICAO Annexure 17 measures. Intermediate risk countries must apply all the EU measures and high risk countries may not [except for exceptional circumstances], be able to export by air to EU countries at all.

Professional Cargo Security has made arrangements for another validator to spend time in South Africa within the next few weeks in order to validate forwarding and courier agents as well as Known Consignors [KC’s].

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