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Australian businesses urged to take action to meet US air cargo screening requirements

Media Release

DC134/2017

26 May 2017

  • Tough cargo screening requirements for all Australian companies exporting to the US by air will apply from 1 July.
  • Australian companies should act now to ensure they are still able to export to the US by air from the next financial year.

More than 10,000 Australian businesses, which export to the US by air, are urged to take action now to meet strict US air cargo screening requirements.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the American requirements were non-negotiable and Australian exporters, especially food exporters, should secure their US-bound air cargo business ahead of the 1 July implementation date.

“These changes mean that all air cargo being transported to the US must either be examined at piece level (for example each box, carton, or pallet is screened) or originate from a Known Consignor,” Mr Chester said.

“The Australian Government is working with businesses, freight forwarders, and cargo terminal operators to help them comply with the US requirements, and ensure readiness for the transition,” Mr Chester said.

Exporters have two options for meeting these requirements—become an approved Known Consignor or use an Australian Government-approved freight agent who can examine their US-bound air cargo.

“Known Consignors can secure air cargo originating from their business to minimise potential delays and costs,” Mr Chester said.

“While it may be too late to become a Known Consignor by 1 July, exporters are encouraged to start the process so they can do so in the future.

“Freight forwarders are also encouraged to talk to their customers now about how they can help secure their US export business,” Mr Chester said.

Exporters and freight forwarders should visit the Office of Transport Security website for more information.

They can also email aircargosecurity@infrastructure.gov.au or ring the Office of Transport Security Guidance Centre on 1300 791 581.