King Willem Alexander today opened the Joint Inspection Centre (JIC) at Schiphol. The Joint Inspection Centre is designed to make freight handling at Schiphol safer and more efficient by enabling different enforcement and inspection authorities to carry out airfreight checks together.
The JIC is just one of the operations that falls under the Schiphol SmartGate Cargo (SSGC). This programme is a joint initiative between the Dutch Customs Administration, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, KLM Cargo and Air Cargo Netherlands (ACN). Logistics and enforcement come together under one roof in the JIC. The building houses a dispatch floor, a scanning hall, storage and examination spaces, a quarantine room for small animals, garages for scanning vehicles, offices, and a training centre.
The Schiphol SmartGate Cargo is one of the first public-private cooperative ventures in the air cargo sector worldwide. The aim is to create a perfect balance at Schiphol between law and regulation enforcement and the facilitation of trade.