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Regulated Agent / RA 3

Regulated agents - an air carrier, agent, freight forwarder or any other entity who ensures security controls in respect to cargo/mail

THIRD COUNTRY EU AVIATION SECURITY VALIDATED

REGULATED AGENTS

Third country entities have the option to become part of an ACC3’s (Air cargo or mail carrier operating into the Union from a third country airport) secure supply chain by seeking designation as a third country EU aviation security validated Regulated Agent (RA3). An RA3 is a cargo handling entity located in a third country that is validated and approved as such on the basis of an EU aviation security validation. An RA3 shall ensure that security controls including screening where applicable have been applied to consignments bound for the European Union and the consignments have been protected from unauthorised interference from the time that those security controls were applied and until the consignments are loaded onto an aircraft or are otherwise handed over to an ACC3 or other RA3. The prerequisites for carrying air cargo or air mail into the Union (*) or Iceland, Norway and Switzerland are required by Regulation (EU) No 185/2010. The checklist is the instrument to be used by the EU aviation security validator for assessing the level of security applied to EU/EEA bound air cargo or air mail (**) by or under the responsibility of the entity seeking designation as an RA3. The checklist is to be used only in the cases specified in point 6.8.4.1(b) of the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 185/2010. In the cases specified in point 6.8.4.1(a) of that Annex, the EU aviation security validator shall use the ACC3 checklist. If the EU aviation security validator concludes that the entity has succeeded in complying with the objectives referred to in this checklist, a validation report shall be given to the validated entity. The validation report shall state that the entity is designated Third Country EU aviation security validated Regulated Agent (RA3). The RA3 shall be able to use the report in its business relations with any ACC3. Integral parts of the validation report shall include at least all of the following: (a) the completed checklist (attachment 6-C2 set out in the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 185/2010) signed by the EU aviation security validator and where applicable commented by the validated entity; (b) the declaration of commitments (Attachment 6-H2 set out in the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 185/2010) signed by the validated entity; (c) an independence declaration (Attachment 11-A set out in the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 185/2010) in respect of the entity validated signed by the EU aviation security validator.

RA3 - A Part of the security chain

An RA3 is a cargo-handling entity located in a third country that is validated and approved as such on the basis of an EU aviation security validation An RA3 must ensure security controls, including screening, are applied to all EU/EEA bound consignments and protected from interference Based on the prerequisites as stated in EU 185/2010.
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