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Airfreight to the US
From 1 July 2017, all US bound air cargo is required to be security screened. In order to comply with this obligation, Australian based exporters, freight forwarders, airlines and cargo terminal operaters (CTO) are required to adopt new security measures for cargo, which are summarised below:

• Originating from a Known Consignor
• Examined at a piece level (ie. each carton on a pallet) by a regulated air cargo agent (RACA)
• Examined at a piece level by the CTO upon acceptance of freight and before loading onto an aircraft

What does this mean you ?

• Carrier terminal operators cut-off times will be 6 hrs prior to uplift
• Air security depot cut-off times will be advised at the time of booking
• An enhanced screening fee of AUD $0.09/kg , min AUD $20.00 will apply

Alternatively, we highly recommend that shippers register to become a "Known Consignor" and cargo can be delivered to CTO without additional screening methods.

Further information about the new security requirements, and how to register interest in becoming a "Registered Known Consignor" is available from the Government at: click here

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 an 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.