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The Australian Government has released draft amendments to the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005 (the Regulations) for consultation before they come into force. Responses are due by 2 September 2016.

Currently, the majority of Australia’s out-bound international air cargo is examined after it has been consolidated onto crates, pallets or unit load devices. However, United States legislation requires all airlines transporting air cargo to, through or over the US on a passenger flight to examine 100% of air cargo at ‘piece-level’.

Piece-level examination means that 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.

As such, from 1 July 2017, all US-bound air cargo will either need to be examined at piece-level or originate from a ‘Known Consignor’ in order to be exported by air to the US.

A Known Consignor scheme will offer export businesses an alternative way to meet US air cargo requirements. Approved Known Consignors will be responsible for securing air cargo that originates from their business until that air cargo is provided to another regulated business.

To find out more about the scheme, visit the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website. Ai Group members seeking further advice may contact Louise McGrath, Ai Group’s National Manager – Business and International Advisory Services.