US-bound air cargo screening requirements change

US-bound air cargo screening requirements change

We are writing to remind you about screening requirements for US-bound air cargo which will apply in less than six weeks’ time from 1 July 2017. After 1 July 2017, exporters will not be able to export to the US by air unless they comply with US air cargo screening requirements that require strict 100 per cent piece-level screening.

These requirements have been imposed on airlines by the US Government. The Australian Government is working with Australian businesses to help them comply with these US requirements, ensure readiness for the change and reduce red tape while enabling a smooth transition.

More information including responses to Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the Department’s website here.

Additional charges & earlier cut off times for this service are unknown at this stage.

Taylor Fei | AirFreight & Export Manager Operations | IFC Global Logistics Pty Ltd 10 – 20 Jordan Close, Altona, VIC, Australia, 3018 Direct: +613 8398 0613 | Mobile: +61 423 085 588 Main: +61 3 8398 0600 Email: |

 Compliance requirements

Complying with this obligation will require Australian-based exporters, freight forwarders, airlines and cargo terminal operators (CTOs) to adopt new security measures for the preparation of US-bound air cargo.

In summary, cargo must be:

  • Originating from a Known Consignor;
  • Examined at a piece level by a Regulated air cargo agent (RACA); or
  • Examined at a piece level by the CTO upon acceptance of freight and before loading onto an aircraft.

Known Consignor – exporters that use international best-practice security measures to prevent unlawful acts against aviation can apply to join the Known Consignor scheme. A Known Consignor is responsible for securing air cargo that originates from their business until the air cargo is provided to another regulated business.

RACA – businesses that examine and security clear international air cargo must be approved by the OTS as RACAs. Only those RACAs with an Enhanced Air Cargo Examination (EACE) notice can examine and clear international air cargo at “piece-level”. Piece-level means that each individual box, carton or other item in a shipment is examined by approved technology before it is loaded onto a aircraft.

AACA – the other important stakeholders are approved transport operators. The Accredited Air Cargo Agent (AACA) is a scheme for businesses that handle, or make arrangements for the transport of air cargo.