By Alex Hawkes
GACA has revealed the latest updates concerning the regulations to Saudi Arabia’s air cargo agents system.
GACA (General Authority of Civil Aviation) in Saudi Arabia has revealed the latest developments in the region following last month's announcement to introduce a regulated air cargo agents system.
The new system, which will be implemented by May 26
of this year, will urge companies to obtain air cargo agent permits in order to operate in the region without extensive security checks.
GACA has currently received 15 applications from companies seeking certification and expect the number to increase as the deadline approaches.
"Currently we have around 200 traditional licensed cargo agents. Following our announcement to introduce regulated air cargo agents (Certified Known Shippers), we have received 15 applications and we expect the number to increase," said Abdullah Rehaimi, president of GACA.
"We believe fifty companies will register," he added.
Air cargo agents applying for the permit must pass two sets of requirements. The first is based on operational specifications, and the other involves security measures for a company's office, storage and employees, with particular emphasis on security guards.
"Upon completion of both sets of requirements a license is awarded," confirmed Rehaimi.
GACA expect most companies to register before the completion date in May. The companies which do not receive certification before that date will be able to continue working as licensed regular cargo agents, but will not be able to send their shipments directly to the airport after the deadline.