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Shipping industry not ready for new air cargo security amendments

With only a few weeks remaining before new Air Cargo Security Program regulations come into effect, many members of the shipping industry will be affected by the mandated screening services required by the program.  Shippers may face earlier cut-off times and delays of up to 24 hours once the regulations come into effect on October 17, 2016. 

One of the main issues is the slow uptake of shippers becoming Known Consignors.  Doing so would allow shippers to secure their own cargo through a screening process applied at the time of packing.  Otherwise, cargo will need to be screened prior to being uplifted on certain domestic, transborder and international aircraft.  There is also a need for additional trucking and warehouse operators to become Certified Agents and additional parties to become Regulated Agents, who have the ability to offer active screening services across the country.

Shippers currently designated as a Registered Shipper within the Air Cargo Security program will remain until October 16, 2016, at which time they will be automatically transitioned to the Account Consignor category.  The Account Consignor status is necessary for those wishing to ship via air to the United States, however, cargo will still have to be screened before it can be uplifted.

For more information, please refer to Transport Canada’s Air Cargo Fact Sheet or contact David Lychek, Manager – Ocean & Air Services.

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