The World Customs Organisation (WCO) has highlighted the need for advance data to address immediate air cargo security risks as the WCO adopted standards for submission of electronic Advance Cargo Information (ACI) by various entities in the air cargo supply chain.
The WCO Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Ricardo Treviño Chapa stated this at the 2nd Air Cargo Development Forum in Zhengzhou, China. The event was organized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Chapa noted that this year saw the publication of the “Advance Cargo Information (ACI) Implementation Guidance”.
Turning to e-commerce, an issue of great relevance to the air cargo industry as it has been one of the drivers of the sector´s growth in recent years, the Deputy Secretary General explained that challenges surrounding the management of e-commerce transactions have been discussed at length in the WCO by Customs authorities and stakeholders over recent months.
He explained that the WCO is constantly listening to its Members’ needs and developing new instruments to assist Customs administrations fulfill their mandates.
Chapa informed the audience that, in June 2018, WCO Members had adopted a Framework of Standards on Cross-Border E-Commerce. The Framework, which will offer guidance when developing or reviewing strategic and operational frameworks for e-commerce, will be further enriched in the coming months, primarily through finalization of the technical specifications addressing issues such as identity management, as well as other aspects such as definitions, data elements, revenue collection models and case studies.
During the Forum, the Deputy Secretary General also moderated a panel on “Optimizing Air Cargo Benefits in a Liberilized Environment” in which the panellists and audience discussed potential changes and innovations in the sector that could help increase the use of air cargo as a mode of transport.
Zhengzhou, capital of central China’s Henan Province, is one of China’s Cross-Border E-Commerce Pilot Cities.