The following advice from the Office of Transport Security / Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.
I am pleased to inform you that the Australian and US Governments have now agreed a strategy for continued recognition of Australia’s National Cargo Security Program (NCSP). Under this agreement, Australian industry will have until 30 June 2017 to reconfigure their operations to ensure they are meeting the US Government’s requirement of 100 per cent piece-level examination.
The agreement will require all airlines transporting air cargo to the US to submit a proposal to the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) seeking an amendment to the TSA’s Standard Security Program. These legally enforceable amendments must include aggressive timelines that demonstrate progress toward meeting the US requirements. It is expected that the amendments will also establish targets for increasing levels of piece-level examination.
The Department has recently made an Enhanced Air Cargo Examination (EACE) notice available to Australian businesses, which authorises businesses to examine air cargo at piece-level. In order to streamline security examination and cargo handling arrangements for eligible Australian businesses, the Government will also establish a new Known Consignor scheme in mid-2016. Under this scheme, any US-bound air cargo that originates from a Known Consignor will not require additional piece-level examination further down the supply chain.
The Department will continue to consult with the air freight industry on the design and development of the new arrangements to ensure they best meet the needs of the Australian air cargo sector.
For further information please visit: https://infrastructure.gov.au/usaircargosecurity
Director Air Cargo Communications, Stakeholder Engagement & Information
Office of Transport Security / Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development