Beginning next month there will be major changes to the way air cargo exports are screened.
From March 1, all outbound international air cargo, regardless of destination, must:
- Be examined – at piece-level – by a Regulated Air Cargo Agent (RACA) or
- Originate from a known consignor.
The new requirements, to be implemented by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), have been in place for exports to the US since 2017. They will soon apply to all destinations.
If you are planning to export via air cargo at the beginning of next month, be prepared for possible delays as supply chains adjust to this new operating environment.
Also, be aware there may be increases in fees along the supply chain, with RACAs needing to recover the cost of new (and expensive) screening equipment and the increased manual handling required.
The Export Council of Australia (ECA) advises businesses to contact your logistics providers about what effects the new screening requirements will have on your air cargo exports.
The DHA has released a new countdown notice to allow exporters to prepare for the changes.