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AAT gains accreditation of "EU Regulated Agent (RA3)" after "AEO"



Following the “Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) - the highest Tier 2 status” accredited by Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department (C&ED) on 18 March 2014 (the first Cargo Terminal Operator in Hong Kong who has gained this recognized status of compliance with the required security and safety standards), Asia Airfreight Terminal Co., Ltd. (AAT) has also successfully attained an “EU Regulated Agent (RA3)” accreditation on 11 July 2014. The cargoes bound for European Union (EU) handled by AAT comply with the new ACC3 regulations by EU.

The new regulations require that air cargo or mail carriers (flying into EU from non-EU countries) must apply to become an “Air Cargo or Mail Carrier operating into the European Union from a Third Country Airport” (ACC3), by delivering a “Declaration of Commitments” setting out they have fulfilled the aviation security responsibilities to any EU country, subject to a validation by an EU Aviation Security Independent Validator. The business partner of ACC3 (such as ground handler) involved in the supply chain can opt to become an “RA3” (Regulated Agent), but also subject to the validation by the EU Aviation Security Independent Validator. The “RA3” refers to a cargo-handling entity located in a non-EU country that is approved in accordance with the EU aviation security validation, and shall ensure that all security controls and screening procedures have been applied to all cargoes bound for EU.

With the accreditation of EU Regulated Agent (RA3), AAT is very proud to become part of an ACC3’s secure supply chain. The EU Aviation Security Independent Validator conducted and completed on-site validations on AAT’s implementation of related security measures and procedures. The accreditation demonstrates AAT’s full compliance with the RA3 requirements, and achievement of satisfactory standards of terminal facilities, staff qualification and training, security measures and procedures.

Mr Khaw Hock Eng, General Manager of AAT said, “In consideration of 'Safety and Security' as our important core value, AAT always adopts all necessary practices to promote and raise our safety and security standards. Although Hong Kong is granted with “Green”status and exempted from this mandatory requirement to apply for RA3 status under the ACC3 regulations, AAT is committed to and persistent in driving the industry standards forward. The successful attainment of RA3 status further demonstrates AAT's fortitude in achieving internationally recognized industry standards and recognition as a credible and secure partner.


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Fact Sheet - AAT

Asia Airfreight Terminal Co., Ltd. (AAT) is the Cargo Terminal Operator (CTO) that provides total airfreight solutions in Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). As a key link in the supply chain, we understand our dual role of raising the industry standards and increasing customer satisfaction. We are focused to invest in state-of-the-art facilities and establish stringent service standards. Ultimately, it is building strong lasting affinity with our customers that matters at AAT.

AAT has invested in state-of-the-art facilities, established stringent service standards and developed a user-friendly IT system to meet the high demands of the air logistics industry. AAT’s web-based Cargo Management System (CMS) opens up a suite of e-cargo solutions to customers and users by fully integrating with government, airlines and other air cargo community systems. With over 400 employees, AAT’s team of well-trained professionals has consistently exceeded the service standards set by the Airport Authority Hong Kong and its customers.

AAT has also put in place internationally recognized management systems, including ISO9001:2008 to ensure proper documentation of its procedures and continuous improvements in its processes. It has also implemented AHS1000 to set up a proper platform for its airline customers to feedback on its performance and to continuously improve its products and service delivery. Moreover, AAT has also been awarded Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001:2007 for its continuous effort to improve the management systems for employees’ health and safety. In addition, AAT has successfully certified as the Platinum Member of Cargo 2000 GHA and attained ISAGO Registration. In terms of security, AAT has attained the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) Freight Security Requirements (FSR) Warehouse Classification A Certification, the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) - the highest Tier 2 status of compliance to required security and safety standards accredited by Hong Kong Customs & Excise Department (the first Air Cargo Terminal Operator (CTO) in Hong Kong who attains such accreditation), and the EU Regulated Agent (RA3) status, demonstrating AAT’s commitment and determination to drive the industry standards forward.



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