AMSD – Requirements for Internationally Transhipped Air Cargo – from 1 July 2020

As advised in AFIF Weekly News last week, AFIF participated in a teleconference meeting of the ACSIAF - Air Cargo Security Industry Advisory Forum, convened by Aviation and Maritime Security Division of Home Affairs.

The meeting provided an update of the forthcoming implementation of the Domestic EACE Screening Program on 1 July 2020. There are implications for freight forwarders arranging the movement and transhipment of international cargo on domestic flights inbound and outbound.

AMSD has released Fact Sheets and Scenarios relative to the acceptance and screening of domestic cargo including:

  • International cargo that is to be transhipped on a domestic flight
  • Domestic cargo that travels on domestic flights and is then to be transhipped onto an international flight.

Export air cargo requires an EACE or Known Consignor clearance before international movement.

Inbound air cargo that is to be transhipped internationally is not required to undergo examination provided it remains onboard the aircraft or remains in storage at the RACA site prior to uplift onto the next international flight.

Off airport facilities may be used for secure storage of transhipped cargo between flights without the need for re-clearance, if certain conditions are met:

  1. Storage of the transhipment cargo is only limited to 7 days
  2. Storage must only be at a RACA site
  3. Cargo must be transported from the airport to the RACA storage site and vice versa by an AACA or a RACA
  4. The transhipped cargo must be accompanied by a Security Declaration in English or translatable into English by the RACA
  5. At the off-airport storage facility the cargo must stay in its original state and must not be deconsolidated or repackaged in any way.
  6. The RACA receiving the cargo for loading onto the next flight must review the Security Declaration when the cargo arrives at the site and must carry out a visual security check of the cargo for any indication of unlawful interference or tampering.

Transhipped cargo that does not comply with these requirements must undergo examination prior to loading the cargo onto the next flight.

Freight Forwarders Handling Import Consolidations with Domestic Transhipments

AFIF has engaged with AMSD to consider the operations of freight forwarders handling underbond import consolidations with domestic transhipments. 

Using Example 2 in the Air Cargo Security Transhipment Information Booklet as the basis of the following example.

  • An import consolidation 5 HAWBs from Los Angeles to Sydney
  • 4 HAWBs destination SYD, 1 HAWB destination BNE
  • AACA transfers consolidation (5 HAWBs) to their 77G bonded warehouse for deconsolidation
  • AACA transfers 1 HAWB to BNE via Qantas or Virgin domestic
  • Security Declaration covering the HAWB from LAX-BNE cannot not be used for SYD-BNE leg
  • Cargo must be re-examined by a RACA

Reason for re-examination

  • Storage must only be at a RACA site
  • Cargo must be transported from the airport to the RACA storage site and vice versa by an AACA or a RACA

AFIF has requested AMSD/ABF to consider allowing AACA’s with a 77G Customs bonded warehouse to transfer to Qantas or Virgin a transhipment consignment with a valid Security Declaration for the whole journey, without re-examination – given the cargo is 'Customs controlled underbond'.

AMSD advised that for the time being only RACAs can undertake this function without re-examination, as the cargo is in a regulated RACA controlled environment off-airport and on-airport.   

AMSD acknowledged AFIF's proposal and advised they will undertake further study with their ABF colleagues. 

AFIF/IFCBAA will keep members informed of developments.