Australia secures US exports

Australia secures US exports
Australia secures US exports

Amendments to the Aviation Transport Security Act (2004) have passed through the Australian Parliament on 26 November 2015.

These changes will support Australia’s export and freight industries to meet their security requirements and phase in arrangements to secure 100 per cent of US-bound exports at piece-level by 1 July 2017.

The changes will create a Known Consignor scheme for exporters, which will permit them to secure their products to US requirements at their warehouses and have it transferred straight to aircraft. Businesses will be able to apply to join the Known Consignor Scheme from July 2016.

The amendments will also strengthen the air cargo clearance framework and make it easier for businesses to determine when cargo is considered ‘cleared’ after examination.

Industry will have an opportunity to comment on the regulatory arrangements for US-bound air cargo early in 2016.

In the meantime, industry is encouraged to discuss their security arrangements for US-bound air cargo with their customers and logistics service providers.

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