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Important Information

 07/17/2014

DHL Express Compliance with EU Security Requirements

In response to specific risks identified in the transport sector from October 2010, the EU Commission reviewed its aviation security legislation. In August 2011, new regulations were adopted for the security of air cargo and mail that is flown into any EU Airport including air cargo and mail that is for transfer or transit.

The new regulations, applicable since February 2012, are focused on air carriers as opposed to foreign states. They require air carriers flying cargo and mail into the EU from non-EU countries to:
  • Ensure that certain standards for security are met prior to the loading of an aircraft bound for the EU
  • Be designated as an “Air Cargo or Mail Carrier operating into the Union from a Third Country Airport” (ACC3)
ACC3s are obliged to ensure that cargo and mail destined for the EU is screened or comes from a secure supply chain. From 1 July 2014, the EU regulations state that ACC3s must undergo a security verification process for their cargo and mail operations at the relevant non-EU airports. This verification activity must be undertaken by an independent validator, certified by an EU regulator. The ACC3 can choose to work with Regulated Agents in a Third Country (RA3) for the application of the security controls prior to uplift.

As a result, DHL Express ensured that multiple stations across different regions were validated as RA3 before July 1st 2014, to ensure the uninterrupted flow of DHL Express customers’ shipments into or via the EU and to maintain the safety and security of DHL Express staff and operations. This process has allowed all carriers that DHL Express works with to obtain the ACC3 designation to carry these shipments, so that our service is not impacted from the enhanced security requirements.

For any related question, please contact your account manager or local DHL customer service