Updated Cargo Security Arrangements for Bangladesh

Media Release

DC071/2016

10 May 2016

The Federal Government has updated security arrangements for air cargo from Bangladesh, giving Australian businesses more options for trade while maintaining a robust aviation security regime.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said in December 2015 the Government had imposed restrictions on the carriage of air cargo that had originated from, or transited through, Syria, Egypt, Bangladesh, Yemen and Somalia, in response to concerns about aviation security.

"The restrictions were imposed as preventative security measures, based on the Government's assessment of the threat and risk environment in these countries," Mr Chester said.

"No information suggested there was any specific threat for flights to Australia.

"Since imposing the prohibition, the Government has been closely monitoring air cargo security and the threats in these countries.

"As a result, the Government is revising the restrictions on air cargo from Bangladesh."

Mr Chester said that from 11 May 2016, air cargo from Bangladesh will be able to enter Australia provided it undergoes appropriate security screening at specific international airports immediately before arriving in Australia.

"The security screening requirements are consistent with those applied to air cargo departing Australia," he said.

"The revised arrangements will lower the impact of the prohibitions on business and maintain the security of international air cargo.

"This change demonstrates that the Government is committed to international trade and assisting Australian businesses.

"The safety and security of the travelling public remains the Government's highest priority."

Security arrangements for air cargo from Syria, Egypt, Yemen and Somalia have not been changed. The Government will continue to monitor the threats and risks to aviation overseas closely.

Detailed information about the prohibitions can be found at: https://infrastructure.gov.au/security/air-cargo/prohibition-intl.aspx.