International Airline Flight Group positively affects preclearance policy

The International Flight Services Association (IFSA) has issued an airline passenger regulations alert to all its global airlines and caterers serving European Union and other airports worldwide, the company said.

The alert follows IFSA´s recent work positively impacting preclearance regulations into the United States (US) for Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, South America and the Middle East. These regulations under US Customs Border Protection (CBP) will go into effect on 1 April 2018 as retail facilities and catering services take additional steps to ensure appropriate handling of plant and animal products from preclearance areas.

Throughout this process, IFSA has been in constant contact with key stakeholders to clearly outline industry challenges and develop solutions. Members of IFSA have an inside track to information regarding the impact of new regulations, the latest airport agreements and locations targeted for expansion.

The European Union is considering additional regulations that would effectively increase costs for airline passenger food and beverages without sufficient passenger benefit. IFSA´s European office in Brussels is on the ground addressing such issues specific to Europe. Its long-standing Government Affairs & Education Committee formed a European Union (EU) Task Force comprised of members representing airlines, caterers and suppliers, as well as consultants and legal counsel. The EU Task Force´s contact with key stakeholders include: EU officials in the European Commission´s Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), International Air Transport Association (IATA), Airlines for Europe (A4E), and FoodDrinkEurope.

The International Flight Services Association (IFSA) is a global professional association serving the needs and interests of airline and railway personnel, caterers and suppliers who provide onboard services on regularly scheduled travel routes. Under the umbrella of APEX (Airline Passenger Experience Association) serving every major airline in the world, ISFA is dedicated to the advancement of the art and science of the multi-billion dollar inflight and railway onboard service industry.