Shift of air cargo security responsibilities in UK
Responsibility for some aspects of UK air cargo security has been transferred from the Department for Transport (DfT) to the civil aviation authority (CAA). The CAA will now bear all responsibility for compliance inspections and enforcement activities. Costs the CAA incurs as a result of the new duties will be applied on a user pays principle. The changes come at a time when the CAA is seeing a major shift in its areas of responsibility.
For instance, as of 6 April 2014, the CAA took on the responsibility for administering applications from non-UK operators for permission to use foreign registered aircraft to, from or within the UK. Any non-UK carrier that wishes to operate commercial air transport services in the UK, or any non-European Economic Area (EEA) operator intending to carry out other aerial work in the UK, must hold a permit authorising them to do so.