Etihad Cargo announces SecureTech shipments for consumer electronics

Feb. 15, 2024
Products transported via SecureTech are monitored during the build-up and break-down of palettes in secure and controlled storage areas at the origin, during transit, and at the destination.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi, UAE has launched SecureTech. This new product is dedicated to the safe and secure transportation of consumer electronics, including mobile phones, laptops, tablets, and other lithium battery-powered devices. Etihad Cargo has developed and launched SecureTech in response to growing global demand from the carrier's customers and partners for a product that addresses the challenges of transporting high-value electronic devices cost-effectively while minimizing risks.

Etihad Cargo ensures the secure transportation of electronic devices through its SecureTech initiative, incorporating various security features. SecureTech monitors products throughout the build-up and break-down of palettes in secure storage areas at the origin, during transit, and at the destination. Continuous surveillance by security personnel or CCTV systems guarantees that only authorized individuals access shipments during transportation.

In addressing the safety of consumer electronics movement, SecureTech places a particular emphasis on lithium batteries, the preferred energy source for many devices. Despite their widespread use, these batteries can pose safety risks if mishandled during transport. Etihad Cargo prioritizes safety and has recently achieved the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Center of Excellence for Independent Validators Lithium Batteries (CEIV Li-batt) certification, becoming the third Middle Eastern airline to do so. This certification underscores Etihad Cargo's commitment to transporting lithium battery shipments safely using advanced safety management systems and specialized equipment.

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The CEIV Li-batt certification extends beyond facilities and operations to include Etihad Cargo's personnel. The carrier provides training programs to ensure teams handle lithium batteries safely and meticulously reviews all documentation, packaging, and labeling during acceptance checks, aided by a specially designed checklist.

With a surge in demand for air cargo capacity for consumer electronics transportation, particularly mobile phones from India, Etihad Cargo aims to meet this growing demand. Rodrigues highlighted India's electronic exports exceeding $20 billion in 2023, with mobile phones constituting 52% of all electronic exports. 

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