GBA gets approval for secured air cargo transportation in Germany
February 15, 2018: Time-critical logistics operator GBA Services, recently received the registered haulier certification valid for five years, to handle secured air cargo and mail under the newly amended German Aviation Act, from March.
As a registered haulier, GBA Logistics Germany GmbH got approval for ground transportation of all secured air cargo for known consignors and regulated agents.
The German Aviation Act recently imposed stricter regulations compared to EU norms, which requires shippers, freight forwarders and hauliers to have a security manual in place, and set out all procedures.
Every company involved in the air cargo ground transportation in Germany is required to have a security manager, and provide security training to drivers, besides conduct background checks.
It’s also mandatory for all hauliers carrying secured cargo to procure approvals from the Germany’s federal aviation office, Luftfahrt-Bundesamt, which oversees the implementation of the new regulations, and grants operator approvals.
The professional fee to appoint external consultant to seek necessary approvals and compliance remains quite costlier and unaffordable for smaller operators.
Maik Maertens who is GBA’s internal trainer and AVSEC expert offers affordable services to small hauliers in Germany. He is also an accredited LBA Instructor, and is certified by LBA and the EU Commission as an independent EU ACC3Validator.
Maertens said: “We launched our business in mid-2017, and are delighted to have achieved the distinction of LBA approval at such an early stage in our operations,”
“For our existing customers, freight agents and customers, GBA will provide services, and would adhere to new regulation, maintain secured supply chains, besides save time and cost overruns for urgent airfreight shipments.”
GBA operates a large fleet of TAPA-II compliant vehicles in Germany, with electronic locks and seals, anti-hijack devices and GPS tracking.