UK to retain EU security rules

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The UK will continue to recognize European Union air cargo security rules from next year, the Department for Transport has stated.

From January 1, 2021, airlines flying from airports in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein will be able to fly cargo to the UK as they do now.

The EU has stated it intends to recognize the UK cargo security regime to continue to fly into the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein in the same way it does now.

Airlines from the rest of the world will still require special security designation under the ACC3 program.

ACC3 stands for ‘Air Cargo or Mail Carrier operating into the Union from a Third Country Airport’ and requires carrier stations in third countries to undergo an audit to obtain EU Aviation Security Validation.

The Department for Transport says a UK-only inbound cargo scheme will be set up to make sure security standards are not affected, mirroring the EU scheme.

Existing aviation security regulations and procedures will be incorporated into UK law.

The EU intends to recognize UK aviation security and include the UK in its One Stop Security scheme so that cargo screened in the UK does not undergo additional checks on arrival in the EU.

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