South African air cargo security systems excellent
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) director, Poppy Khoza, said the two affirmations place South Africa in a unique position, making the country the only one on the continent with such recognition and agreements in place.
"This essentially means that, following audits by the European Union and the United States, South Africa is acknowledged as one of the countries where the level of aviation security is regarded as robust and reliable. This will benefit air carriers operating between South Africa and the two regions," Ms. Khoza said.
In the case of the U.S., the TSA carries out yearly assessments of South Africa's aviation security regime with the last audit conducted in June 2014.
The results of the audit indicate that South Africa did not attract any findings or observation and in some instances, the standards were found to be higher than in previous years.
"The TSA audit comes after almost a year since the SACAA and the TSA concluded a recognition agreement on air cargo security programmes, thus acknowledging that South African systems are on par with the stringent requirements of the U.S..
"This agreement also enhances air cargo security measures and initiatives between the two countries. Most significantly, the agreement enables quicker facilitation of goods between the two countries, and helps eradicate duplicative or redundant measures while still ensuring the highest levels of security that both the TSA and the SACAA require," Ms. Khoza said. ■