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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for action to address the disjointed roll out of the EU’s new Pre-Loading Advance Cargo Information (PLACI) System.

PLACI went live on March 1, 2023 despite 12 European States with IATA stating there was no definitive information about their timelines for readiness. IATA said: ‘As a result, there is a risk of exacerbating supply chain difficulties with custom clearance delays.’

IATA added that some of Europe’s biggest air cargo hub airports are located in the 12 states that are not PLACI ready: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, and Sweden.

“The delayed implementation of PLACI in 12 European states must be urgently addressed. With supply chain difficulties already impacting people and businesses, the risk of increased delays for custom clearance must be avoided. It is exasperating that 12 European governments have not met the implementation timeline and have yet to provide definitive indication of when they will be ready. These states must urgently provide the necessary clarity to enable airlines to adapt their own implementation planning,” said Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s global head of cargo.

Advanced security information

The EU PLACI system is a new layer of advanced security information for air cargo shipments coming into the EU. In 2019, the timeline for implementation from 1 March 2023 was adopted. With incomplete preparations in 12 European states, the air carriers must re-organise their own planning in accordance with the yet-to-be announced level of readiness of these countries.

The submission of advance cargo information enables countries to target and assess risks related to cargo shipments prior to the arrival of the shipment to the country of destination. This new layer of security is to be applied before loading shipments bound for the EU and complies with principles set by the International Civil Aviation Organization and World Customs Organization.

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