Faster and certified air cargo forwarding at German Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik

Faster and certified air cargo forwarding at German Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik

German Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik has received a certification as “recognised forwarder” for airfreight consignments

After 9/11 in New York (USA) various safety measure in air travel took place. Now also special EU regulations have been introduced and implemented on March 25, 2013 in order to ensure a safer handling of air freight cargos without access of unauthorized persons. It declares an air cargo shipment of a particular company as “safe” of the respective firm is an “officially accepted known forwarder” and in the case of Karl Mayer is requests the approval by the German Federal Office of Civil aviation. The company received this status and certification on May 28, 2013, and after completing a defined catalogue of measures, such as application for validation to the mentioned German authority, further the appointment of an airfreight security officer and a deputy. Also a reliability check according to German Aviation Security Act had to take place in view to the airfreight security officer and staff members who might come into contact with identifiable airfreight, as well as the completion of the required 35 hour training as airfreight security officer and completion of the prescribed 3 hour training of the company’s staff. A special security programme had to be set up and submitted to the authority. All of these processes were initiated in August 2012.


Additionally, also administrative and organisational steps were needed, such as constructional changes at the company’s logistics centre, namely a separate room in the logistics centre only accessible after having passed through several predefined safety procedures. The measures were tested on May 28, 2013 in presence of authority’s representatives for auditing purposes.

The new status allows that the company can dispatch “safe” airfreight. Those without such a status have to have their air cargo shipments separately checked, x-rayed and released by special service providers and before the shipments are loaded on the aircraft, implying higher freight charges fro the dispatcher and involving the risk of delays in shipment.

Karl Mayer’s new status a recognised forwarder ensures reduced door-to-door times and a safe supply chain for the air cargo. It has to be stated that other textile machinery factories have been certified, but only Karl Mayer has described publicly the details of such a certification process.

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