New scheme for Australian businesses exporting to the US

Media Release


01 November 2016

Australian export businesses can now have their transport security arrangements approved for air cargo to the United States without needing to have items piece-inspected by an authorised third party.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian Government's Known Consignor scheme opened today.

“Changes to legislation to meet US domestic requirements means that from 1 July 2017, air cargo will not be accepted on US-bound aircraft unless it has undergone piece-level examination by technology or has been physically inspected,” Mr Chester said.

“This means each individual box, carton or other item in a shipment must be examined by technology or physically inspected before it is loaded onto a US-bound aircraft.

“This process has the potential to cost Australian businesses which export to the US time and money—but our Known Consignor scheme will give our exporters the option of meeting US requirements without relying upon external providers to carry out inspections.

“Businesses that register as Known Consignors must secure their US-bound air cargo at source through approved security measures.

“Air cargo originating from known consignors will not need further examination as long as it remains secure until it is loaded onto an aircraft.

“Exporters to the US should start talking with their freight forwarder now about the best option for their freight services. Getting in early to be part of the scheme is the key to making the process as smooth as possible.”

More information on the Known Consignor scheme and registering interest in the scheme can be found at