Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA) has been awarded ‘Regulated Agent from a third country’ status (RA3) by the EU, meaning that it can continue to act as part of the supply chain for imports into the European Union.
RA3 three status means that INIA will be able to continue to receive air cargo en route to the EU after July 1st, when new regulations will require all EU cargo to be transported through an EU validated supply chain.
The new EU procedures follow the October 2010 attempt to sabotage two planes travelling to the EU from Yemen.
“This is a huge milestone achieved as Maldives exports tons of Cargo EU countries every month,” read an MACL press release.
A small ceremony was held at the cargo department today after a three day validation process. The official report was handed over to MACL Managing Director Ibrahim Saleem by the EU aviation validator Sander De Man.
“MACL has brought major infrastructure changes to the cargo facility and had done mandatory trainings to adhere to the EU required standard,” added today’s press release.