Forwarders should encourage exporters to become Known Consignors

Elliot Molemiby: Elliot Molemi, Aviation Security Consultant, Professional Aviation Services



Since the introduction of Part 108 into the Civil Aviation Regulations of South Africa there has been a total of 120 Known Consignors accredited by the Civil Aviation Authority, this number has gone up and down over the years and at the time of writing this post there were only 27 left. This number is dwarfed by that of approved Regulated Agents which stands at 136.

More disturbingly is that this means the country’s air cargo secure supply chain has lost 93 Known Consignors in the past 5 years or so. This slump can be attributed to numerous reasons; intangible commercial benefit, and insufficient knowledge by consignors, no targeted workshops by the authority to disseminate information and chief among all the subtle discouragement from Regulated Agents.

Known Consigor Definition_Known Consignor

The role the industry can play

From the CAA, Airlines and Ground Handlers, there is no member of the secure supply chain better positioned to encourage the participation of consignors in the secure supply chain than the Freight Forwarder. The forwarders have daily dealings with consignors. Consignors believe that Part 108 is an onerous process and the Designated Officials of Regulated Agents can help in allaying this myth. Continue reading

Revised Regulations with regards to Aviation Security – what you need to know


The 14th Amendment to the Civil Aviation Regulations was published on the 28th October to be effective 30 days from date of publication, download the amendment here:


The revisions to the Part 108, Part 109 and Part 110 Regulations and Technical Standards that have been in the works since 2012 passed the final benchmark on the 12th June 2015.

The Regulations will now go to the Minister for signature before becoming law and the Technical Standards will go to the Director of Civil Aviation for signature.

Here are some of the things that you need to know:

1. High Risk Cargo and the security measures relating to High Risk Cargo are clearly set out;

2. All Regulated Agents and Known Consignors to apply cyber security measures

3. Procedures for Transfer and Transit cargo set out;

4. Changes to Exempted Cargo, in particular that human remains are no longer exempt;

5. Regulated Agents no longer have to screen 10% of cargo from Known Consignors;

6. Known Consignors no longer function on the basis of a relationship with a Regulated Agent only, each Known Consignor now requires a Security Manual and is free to deal with any Regulated Agent;

7. Training for the personnel of Regulated Agents and Screeners is no longer under Part 108 all security training is now under Part 109;

8. Air Cargo Security Familiarisation Training as we knew it under Part 108 has been replaced by Aviation Security Awareness Training under Part 109 and the scope of people requiring training has been dramatically increased;

9. Screeners now require 10 days training plus 1 day X-Ray machine familiarisation training plus 10 days On The Job Training per screening method that they will use;

10. Screener Supervisors must be qualified Screeners before undergoing an additional 5 days of Supervisor training;

11. Security Managers, Designated Officials and Deputy Designated Officials require 5 days training.


These are some highlights, we are available if you need further details on any of the above and on the possible implications for your business.

The changes to Part 108 and security measures have long since been introduced into most security programs these should not cause any problems at all and should be welcomed as they are very good for cargo security.

Probably the most contentious issue from these Regulations will no doubt be the length of training for Screeners and Supervisors of Screeners. In the cargo world training required goes up dramatically.

We fully support these changes, remember that Screeners ensure your safety and the safety of all who fly, do you really want a poorly trained individual who has been given the minimum possible training screening the cargo under your seat?

We need to have world class training and certification, period. No debate, no if or buts, no excuses or debates about time and expense, this is a security issue not an economic debate.

Even the much vaunted TSA has challenges, they recently failed 97% of routine security tests.

We can do better.

Kintetsu World Express first southern African logistics company to receive top EU safety accreditation – RA3 designation

Taking the lead, Kintetsu World Express South Africa became the first freight forwarder to be validated in accordance with the new, stringent EU security measures. The validation was conducted by an EU independent and accredited aviation security validator.

New EU security regulatory measures: 2014

Cargo security came under scrutiny when two packages containing viable explosive devices hidden in printer cartridges moved undetected through Europe in October 2010, before it was intercepted in Britain. This serious incident prompted the European Union to introduce, in addition to the ICAO Annexure 17 Regulations [covered under Part 108 of the SACAA regulations], additional measures to include air cargo or mail carriers operating in the EU from a third country airport (non EU).

In essence, this means that as from 1 July 2014, no cargo may be flown on an aircraft into the EU region without strict adherence to the new regulatory measures.

Stepping forward

Richard Szabo, director at KWE SA explains: “our business operations play a fundamental role in underpinning the success of our global footprint.”

“Our ranking as one of the top global freight forwarding companies bears testimony that we view our role as an integrated logistics supply chain company seriously. We value our role as involved business partners who deliver high quality services and it is thus tantamount that our corporate governance and EU conformance remain progressive, audited and in place” .

EU validation achievement

“Our validation underscores our impeccably high standard of service” comments Ikuhiro Hojo, director at KWE SA “particularly within the aerospace logistics industry. We were one of the first agents in South Africa to be certified against the CAA’s Part 108 security policy and this was by no means an easy feat. We continuously strive towards maintaining the highest possible standards when it comes to managing our customers’ freight.”

Independent EU aviation security validators

According to a spokesperson for Professional Cargo Security, EU aviation security validator Sander De Man; KWE SA’s first off the mark move illustrates their commitment to security and willingness to partnership with the EU, in order to achieve greater security. De Man is part of a European association of validators based in the Netherlands, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.

Continued: Kintetsu World Express receives top EU safety accreditation

He reiterated that in order to comply with the Regulations, airlines have already made written declarations of commitment to the EU. All forwarding, courier agents, airlines and consignors must become validated by an EU qualified validator accredited as such, by an EU member state.

KWE commended

David Alexander, General Manager, Compliance of Professional commended KWE SA as follows: “I am proud to be associated with Kintetsu World Express South Africa in introducing these measures and compliment them on their commitment and dedication to making our skies that much safer.”

IATA Centre of Excellence

EU independent aviation security validators have been trained through the IATA Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators; and were appointed accordingly. These accredited validators have the mandate as EU representatives to validate Airlines (validation reference ACC3), Ground Handling Agents and Forwarding Agents (validation reference RA3) and Known Consignors [validation reference KC3] as well as consignors by physical inspection of premises, records systems and procedures. Revalidation is required every 5 [five] years.

Risk assessment

There are several thousand airline cargo facilities [stations] which have to be validated before the July 2014 deadline. Non EU countries are categorized depending on risk assessment. The most secure category [in very few countries], require no further security measures except which already is in place such as the ICAO Annexure 17 measures. Intermediate risk countries must apply all the EU measures and high risk countries may not [except for exceptional circumstances], be able to export by air to EU countries at all.

Professional Cargo Security has made arrangements for another validator to spend time in South Africa within the next few weeks in order to validate forwarding and courier agents as well as Known Consignors [KC’s].