and the air cargo industry have met
with the South African Government in order to establish a local partnership to
cut freight crime at Johannesburg
follows a series of thefts and robberies from shipments at the South African
capital hub and concern that the cost of protecting cargo at Johannesburg
is becoming unreasonable.
of the most recent high-profile events occurred in March this year when armed
robbers attacked a South African Airways Boeing 747-400 passenger aircraft in
initiative, known as the JNB Partnership Against
Cargo Crime, will take the form of a working group backed by the Government and
chaired by AEA representative Jon Clark.
aim is to emulate the most recent success of ‘Operation Grafton’, a joint
initiative involving law enforcement authorities and industry at London
Heathrow Airport that has made significant inroads into the causes of cargo
crime and brought a series of successful prosecutions for those people involved
in theft,” says Clark.
security group Technology Asset Protection Association – which is participating
alongside the AEA and logistics group Freight Forwarders International – claims
that 113 incidents have been reported at Johannesburg since January last year.
contrasts with just 36 for all other airports across the association’s Europe,
Middle East and Africa
coverage area. It says that the cargo crime levels in Johannesburg
are “unacceptably high”, as are the costs of protection.
companies still believe security controls remain inadequate [despite the crime
rate],” says the association.
African transport minister Jeff Radabe
and senior civil aviation personnel are supporting the development of the
partnership. Freight Forwarders International security committee chairman
Robert Larson says: “We are encouraged by the high level and constructive
response of the South African authorities to our intentions to fight back
against this problem.”