ICAO, IMO and WCO Strengthen Cooperation

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The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) have agreed to enhance collaboration on aviation, border and maritime security and facilitation.

The three organizations have welcomed the opportunity for a strategic dialogue on supply chain risk management issues that cut across the mandates of the international organizations.

ICAO and the IMO perform their roles as specialized agencies of the United Nations, while the WCO is an independent intergovernmental body.

"ICAO fully supports any measures to promote more effective cooperation on international supply chain security objectives," stressed ICAO secretary general Raymond Benjamin.

"The aviation community has long recognized that the constantly evolving threats posed by global terrorism must be met with highly coordinated transportation security and border control measures," said Benjamin.

"Coordination and cooperation with partners such as the IMO and WCO, helps us to better anticipate and mitigate these threats while minimizing adverse impacts on international passenger and trade flows."

IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu said a sustainable maritime transportation system is reliant on a smooth and efficient supply chain and it is essential that we work together to mitigate any potential threats. …