Balluff - a trend-setter when it comes to a safe supply chain

New EC Regulation on Aviation Security successfully implemented

On the 21st of March 2012, the Stuttgart branch of the Federal Aviation Office in Braunschweig awarded sensor manufacturer and industrial networking provider Balluff from Neuhausen a. d. F. the status of an officially recognised known consignor following an audit. This means that Balluff is one of the first 100 companies in Germany (of an estimated 40,000) to have been awarded this important official approval. As a result, the company's customers can rest assured that their air freight will continue to arrive quickly and reliably even after the 25th of March 2013.

For Balluff, this step is a logical response to EC Regulation 300/2008, which sets out the conditions for air freight in civil aviation. As of the 29th of April 2010, new regulations that aim to ensure a safe supply chain apply, as set out in EC Regulation 300/2008 and its revised implementation provisions. This involves extensive changes for companies that send their goods by air, particularly with regard to known consignors. The previous status of "known consignor" - based mainly on a self-declaration - will no longer be valid as of the 25th of March 2013.

From then on, only air freight consignments shipped by an officially recognised known consignor and that have been subjected to relevant security measures, conveyed by regulated agents, and delivered to the airline or handling agent at the airport will meet all of the applicable conditions for this procedure. To achieve this certification, companies have to implement a range of measures such as appointing an aviation security officer and at least one stand-in. In addition, all involved parties must be trained appropriately, security concepts must be formulated, and - if necessary - building work must be carried out to ensure that unauthorised persons can not enter critical zones. Once these measures have been implemented, the company is checked and validated at the actual site by the Federal Aviation Office.

After the 25th of March 2013, all companies without valid certification must pass their "unsafe" air freight onto an appropriate service provider prior to dispatch so that it can be checked, X-rayed, and approved. For uncertified companies, this is likely to result in a significant competitive disadvantage, since as well as extra costs such companies will be subject to delivery delays due to processing and wait times.

We are extremely pleased and proud to be amongst the first 100 companies in Germany to become an officially recognised known consignor. This means that as well as contributing to the improvement of the security of global air freight, Balluff is able to continue to provide customers with the delivery performance they are used to. This is a further milestone in the implementation of supply chain security, which we intend to pursue consistently in the future, too. Hondo Santos/Head of Logistics at Balluff GmbH.

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