Get Up to Standard with Redlines ACC3 EU Independent Security Validator

European Union Independent Security Validations

To ensure your company is up to standard, choose Redline, who will keep you informed of all updates to current legislation. At present the European Union (EU) requires air carriers to obtain the ACC3 designation, which represents “air cargo or mail carriers operating into the Union from a third country airport. ACC3 designation will only be valid upon a successful EU aviation security validation, as performed by an independent validator accredited by an EU member state.

These regulations require that all air carriers flying cargo and mail into the EU from non-EU countries must enforce certain security standards prior to loading aircraft which are flying into or transiting through the EU.

Declaration Of Commitments

Redline can help you to obtain this ACC3 status. To do so, the air carrier must deliver a “declaration of commitments” setting out how it has met its aviation security responsibilities to the civil aviation authorities of an EU member state to whom it flies cargo and/or delivers mail.

The declaration of commitments must cover every non-EU airport from which cargo or mail is flown to the EU, with one exception: air carriers flying cargo or mail direct from a “green” listed country into the EU. The green list is set down in the regulations and available to air carriers on request to their EU member state of reference. You can find a template for this declaration in the EU regulations.

Independent Validators

ACC3s are obliged to ensure that cargo and mail destined for the EU is screened or comes from a secure supply chain (this can be evidenced with a consignment security declaration.) EU regulations states that ACC3’s must contain security verifications of their cargo and mail operations at the relevant non-EU airports. This verification activity must be undertaken by an independent validator, as certified by an EU regulator.

If the ACC3 wishes to have the security controls applied by a business partner at non-EU airports, such as known consignors, regulated agents or ground handlers, these entities will also have to undergo independent validation. This is where Redline can help you.

As a fully qualified operator, Redline will work with you to ensure these independent validations are carried out to the standard required by the air carrier and their member state of reference. The Redline IV prides itself on achieving the rare grading of ‘distinction’ on the tough IATA course, demonstrating an outstanding knowledge of cargo operations and the application of ACC3, RA3, KC3 and AC3.

To discover how Redline can help you with its extensive service portfolio, or to find out more, please contact Redline on 01302 288362 or complete the enquiry form below.


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