Will your company become known consignor?


Strict regulations for air freight from April 29th 2013 onwards.

On April 29th a new regulation regarding air freight has become effective, the so-called ‘known consignor’. Against a background of terrorist assaults, this regulation aims at controlling and securing air freight goods. EU member states, airports, airlines and all the other parties involved need to erect a security plan. This article examines the regulation and the possible impact on your organization.


Safe airfreight

Freight becomes air freight from the moment the goods are known to be shipped by air. As soon as this is the case, the new regulation states that those goods need to be protected from all possible manipulations by any who is unauthorized.

Airfreight is safe if three conditions have been met:

1)      The freight originates from a ‘known consignor’, ‘account consignor’ or ‘regulated agent’;

2)      All participants coming afterwards in the chain have sufficiently protected the cargo against manipulation;

3)      The freight has come intact on board of the aircraft.

Known Consignor

A known consignor is an organization wanting to have goods transported at its own expense and which complies with the safety and security norms to have this transport executed by every aircraft type.

To become known consignor the organization has to:

·         Receive approval and acknowledgement of the Directorate-General Aviation. Inspectors will first perform an audit on the spot, and the approval holds for five years. Upon later control, all necessary security measures and information needs to be provided;

·         Assign one responsible per site who surveys all security controls. The background of that person has been checked and approved;

·         Subject all personnel that has access to airfreight and that is engaged after April 29th 2010 to a preceding background check.   On top of that, training from a recognized authority is mandatory.  Currently the National Training Centre Aviation Security is working on a training programme. In the meantime, your organization is expected to organize trainings itself;

·         Install access control to all locations which produce, process, pack, store or ship air freight.

Not only your company handles air freight, but afterwards in the supply chain, other parties follow. It is well important to choose the right logistic partners.  A road haulier for instance has to make a declaration (by means of document 6E) or forwarding agents are subject to strict measures. The final responsibility is yet for the airlines: they decide what cargo goes aboard.

Consequences of the regulation on your organization

If your organization opts for air freighting goods, you can choose two systems:

1)      Either you have a security survey performed on your goods at the airport. This will cause delays and extra costs – which are calculated per kilogram;

2)      Or an investment in securing the supply chain is made by your company, and you thus become known consignor.  In addition, a couple of precautions have to be taken which increase the security. The big advantage is that this system avoids extra surveys at the airport, and consequently delays and extra costs.


As you can see, it is well important to thoroughly consider one of the two options above. Zelco can help you and give further information about the regulation and how to become known consignor. 

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