Air Cargo Prohibition update – Bangladesh

Air Cargo Prohibition update – Bangladesh
This information has been provided by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and is forwarded for your attention.

The Australian Government has modified the restrictions placed on air cargo originating from or transiting through Bangladesh. The restrictions placed on Syria, Egypt, Yemen and Somalia are still in force and have not changed. Under the new arrangements air cargo that has originated from, or transited through, Bangladesh will be prohibited; unless it has undergone an appropriate security examination at an approved last port of call before travelling to Australia or is otherwise exempt from examination under Australian regulations. • The approved examination methods are: X-ray; explosive trace detection; or physical examination. • The approved last ports of call are: Dubai; Abu Dhabi; Doha; Singapore; Kuala Lumpur; Bangkok; Hong Kong; or Guangzhou. • The exempt items are: mail items under 500 grams; cargo under 250 grams and shorter than 5 mm; live animals; human remains; biological tissues; legitimately prepared dangerous goods; Commonwealth Government articles; and diplomatic bags. The new arrangements will take effect from 11 May 2016. The restrictions were originally introduced in December 2015. Failure to comply with the instruments Non-compliance with the instrument [or restrictions set out in the instruments] is an offence of strict liability under the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004. Review of the prohibition The Australian Government, through the Office of Transport Security, will continue to monitor aviation security developments, in cooperation with our international partners. OTS will provide advice to the Government on adjustments to our air cargo security measures as necessary. All enquiries related to the prohibition should be directed to aircargosecurity@infrastructure.gov.au.”