|Carriers - European airlines want US to accept EU air cargo security as sufficient|
Europe seeks a single comprehensive air cargo security standards with the United States to streamline the flow of trade in the first step of accepting Europe's robust standards "as equal to their own", said the Association of European Airlines (AEA).
The adoption of an EU-wide deal will "simplify the process for airlines and remove unnecessary duplication" on both sides of the Atlantic, said AEA secretary-general Ulrich Schulte-Strathaus, of its network of 34 carriers.
A number of bilateral agreements with the US and Finland, France, the Netherlands, Ireland and the United Kingdom are a "concrete foundation" towards a wider agreement and "highest possible security levels."
"Once we have a critical build-up of US approvals, an EU-wide deal will be a simple next step. These audits should give the US confirmation, if it is really needed, that European regulators take air cargo security extremely seriously," said Mr Schulte-Strathaus.
Source: Shipping Gazette, Apr 23, 2012