On 1 July 2017, new security requirements for United States-bound air cargo come into force that will affect your business.

United States legislation requires that all air cargo entering the US must be security screened at a deconsolidated or ‘piece’ level. This means that from 1 July 2017, the consolidated examination that currently occurs at Australian airports will no longer be acceptable for US-bound air cargo.

These new requirements are a significant change to how air cargo is secured. You must be proactive if you wish to prevent disruptions to your US-bound exports after 1 July 2017.

The Australian Government has recently amended regulations to help you meet these enhanced requirements. You have two options:

  • The first is to have your air cargo examined at piece-level using technology by an approved freight forwarding business.
  • Alternatively, if your cargo cannot be examined at piece-level (because of the nature of your cargo, or because of a lack of examination capability), you may wish to apply to become a Known Consignor.

Becoming a Known Consignor will give you an alternative way to secure air cargo that is equivalent to piece-level examination.

The Department strongly recommends that you first discuss piece-level examination with your freight forwarder to see if it is available or suitable for your exports before you consider the Known Consignor scheme.

If you think the Known Consignor scheme is appropriate for your business, it is important that you begin the application process well in advance of 1 July 2017.

This article was written by:

Scott Stone
General Manager, Air Cargo Security Taskforce
Office of Transport Security

More information on piece-level examination and the Known Consignor scheme can be found in this factsheet, or contact us at 1800 007 024 or email knownconsignor@infrastructure.gov.au.