The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said Friday they have committed to enhanced cooperation in air cargo transportation.
“TIACA has been building a closer relationship with ICAO in the past two years and is already on a list of international organizations invited to attend relevant ICAO meetings,” the air cargo organization said in a statement. “As part of this recognition, TIACA has provided input into a number of ICAO deliberations, including the organization’s Working Group on Air Cargo Security and its co-sponsorship of joint working papers on air cargo security for the 2012 High Level Conference on Aviation Security. TIACA has supported papers on Key Principles on Air Cargo and Mail Security
and International Capacity Building Strategy for Air Cargo Security
TIACA has also submitted papers on liberalization, market access, air cargo security and development implications to various ICAO committees. The enhanced cooperation focuses on air cargo and mail security and facilitation; environmental practices; market access; capacity building; and air cargo safety. In support of the cooperation agreement, TIACA will intensify its participation in relevant ICAO meetings.
TIACA said it also hopes to gain further benefit and opportunities for cooperation from ICAO’s institutional relationships with the United Nations and its specialized agencies, regional civil aviation bodies and regional civil aviation and economic integration organizations, as well as Airports Council International (ACI), the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
“It is extremely important that TIACA continues to increase its dialogue and cooperation with agencies that have regulatory control and influence over aviation and air cargo,” said TIACA Chairman Michael Steen. “We welcome ICAO’s willingness to cooperate more closely with our association and can only see significant benefits resulting from this opportunity to create more understanding of the views of the air cargo industry.” - Eric Johnson