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Exporter Update - 1 March 2019 Air Freight Security Requirements

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From 1 March 2019 export air cargo, regardless of destination, will need to be examined at piece-level or originate from a Known Consignor.  These measures are designed around improving aviation security.
This means that by 1 March 2019, Australian-based exporters and freight forwarders will need to either:
  1. Use an Agent who is able to examine air cargo at piece-level, and has been Australian Government approved.
  2. Become Australian Government approved as a Known Consignor.

Piece-level examination involves physically inspecting or thoroughly examining by technology every individual box, carton or other items involved in any shipment.
Outbound air cargo that originates from a Known Consignor does not require further examination before uplift onto an aircraft.  Becoming a Known Consignor involves submitting an expression of interest.  You will then be sent an application form to complete, covering security measures of facilities, personnel, chain of custody issues and oversight protocols.  If approved, your business then must comply with a Known Consignor Security Program under the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005 to maintain approval for between one to five years at the discretion of the Department of Home Affairs.
If you require any guidance in relation to the new initiatives, please contact us or the Department of Home Affairs Guidance Centre on 1300 791 581 or email [email protected].


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