From the 01/07/2017 security arrangements change . As United States (US) legislation obliges all airlines transporting air cargo to the US on a passenger flight to examine 100 per cent of air cargo at piece-level.
This means that each individual box, ca rton or other item in a shipment must be examined by technology or physically inspected before it is loaded onto a US-bound aircraft.
Rather than examining your cargo at piece-level .The Department of Transport has developed a new scheme that will authorise businesses to secure US-bound air cargo at the source. The new scheme will establish a new category of industry participant directly regulated by the Transport Department called “The known consignor scheme ,will offer export businesses an alternative way to secure their US-bound air cargo through approved security measures..As air cargo originating from known consignors, will not require further examination, provided it remains secure until it is loaded onto an aircraft.
The known consignor will need to be able to demonstrate they have security measures in place to ensure cargo cannot be tampered with before export. That is, their cargo is secured from origin packing source all the way onto the aircraft.The security measures required will depend on each individual business . This reflects the fact that exporters operate in a wide variety of environments.Security measures will include
Entry into the known consignor scheme will be by application, validation, and approval by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.
Businesses will need to provide supporting documentation in their application to demonstrate that they can meet security requirements to become a known consignor and have in place the required security measures.The business will be validated this may include a specific site-visit. Known consignors will be subject to regular compliance activities by the Department. To apply click here
Piece-level examination refers to examination of cargo at a low-level of consolidation before it is packed into unit load devices (ULDs) or onto pallets. In Australia, there are three approved examination methods:
These costs will vary depending on the type of examination that might be conducted. Some of these costs may include: