Further to our legislation updates section, the Department of
Infrastructure and Transport has released a discussion paper aimed
at obtaining feedback from industry on how best to secure
Australia's air cargo supply chain against the threat of
terrorism and other acts of unlawful interference. The proposed
changes are also required to meet Australia's international
obligations and ensure our international trading partners will
continue to accept our exports.
The new security framework is scheduled to be implemented from
July 2014. Implementing the requirements for domestic air cargo
security is also being investigated.
The Department sought the views of freight forwarders, transport
and logistics providers, exporters, manufacturers, general traders
and providers of related products and services.
Key changes proposed include the introduction of a Regulated
Shipping Scheme (RSS) and Enhanced Air Cargo
Examinations (EACE) and changes to the rules
governing Regulated Accredited Air Cargo Agents.
Those exporting goods by air will have to choose between having
the cargo examined or joining the Regulated Shipping Scheme. The
RSS and EACE aim to prevent an unauthorised explosive device being
inserted into export cargo and subsequently damaging or destroying
aircraft. All cargo will have to be cleared by originating either
from a Regulated Shipper or by undergoing examination using
approved technology and procedures. From that point on the
cargo's cleared status will have to be maintained in order for
it to be uplifted onto an aircraft.
The introduction of the RSS and EACE will necessitate changes to
the existing framework. It is proposed that the majority of
businesses currently regulated under the Regulated Air Cargo Agent
Scheme will transfer to an expanded and refined Accredited Air
Cargo Agent Scheme.
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