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US air cargo screening requirements apply to Australian exports from 1 July

04.07.2017 Sachi Wimmer, OTS
US air cargo screening requirements apply to Australian exports from 1 July

US air cargo screening requirements now apply to all exports to the US from Australia. These requirements have been imposed by the US on all airlines carrying Australian air cargo to the US. The Australian Government has been working with Australian businesses over the last two years to help them comply and be ready for the change, while reducing red tape and enabling a smooth transition.

If you want to secure your US-bound air cargo business, it is your responsibility to know what the new requirements are. Australian businesses exporting by air to the US can either have their cargo screened and cleared at piece-level, or become a Known Consignor.

Exporters who are not Known Consignors should talk to their freight forwarder about their alternatives to ensure piece-level examination (a list of Regulated Air Cargo Agents is available here).

You can still apply to be a Known Consignor. Start the application to become a Known Consignor by clicking here.

Steritech, a fruit sterilisation and decontamination processor based in Brisbane, recently featured in a video discussing their journey of becoming a Known Consignor. The video is available on our website, and you can view it here.

If you have applied to become a Known Consignor and are waiting on the outcome of your application, the Office of Transport Security has received and is processing a large number of applications. We have devoted considerable extra resources to processing and validating these applications. You can contact aircargosecurity@infrastructure.gov.au for an update.

Thank you for your cooperation during the transition period.

For more information, contact aircargosecurity@infrastructure.gov.au or ring the Office of Transport Security Guidance Centre on 1300 791 581 between 9 am and 5 pm on weekdays.

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