New alliance to ease transport of dangerous goods by air

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Representatives of CATC and CAMFFA at the signing ceremony. KT/Mai Vireak

The Civil Aviation Training Center (CATC) and the Cambodia Freight Forwarders Association (CAMFFA) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together in streamlining and standardising the transport of dangerous goods by air.

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Speaking during the signing ceremony, Keo Sivorn, the director-general of the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, said the new agreement is key in strengthening the local aviation industry, arguing that it will boost safety and lift security standards.

“Through this MoU, we will exchange information on logistics and train staff on security matters,” he said.

He said the CATC will be in charge of training staff on how to conduct proper inspections, helping to bring their skillset up to par with those of inspectors in neighbouring countries.

“Our logistics sector now has pretty low standards and some countries do not trust us,” Mr Sivorn said. “The goal of this agreement is to improve our standards and procedures in this area so that other countries trust our goods and our transportation sector.”

Sin Chanthy, the president of CAMFFA, said that despite notable improvements in the local transportation sector in the last decade, the shipping of dangerous goods continues to cause problems for the industry.

“Many airlines do not accept dangerous goods. Those that do, charge a lot of money. It is a serious problem for the logistics sector,” Mr Chanthy said.

“Airlines are asking us to come up with standard procedures for the handling and transportation of dangerous goods,” he said. “So this MoU is part of our solution to this problem.”

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