The Australian Government has enhanced security measures for domestic air cargo from July 1, 2020.
Consignments will be subject to piece-level examination. Consequently, large consolidated lodgements will be dismantled to facilitate piece-level screening.
All freight submitted at any Australian airports will require a valid consignment security declaration (CSD) prior to uplift.
Known consignors must secure air cargo in accordance with their security program. When clearing cargo, they must also issue a CSD.
If not a known consignor, regulated air cargo agents (RACA) must examine air cargo in keeping with an examination notice and issue a valid CSD.
The new measures will strengthen Australia’s air cargo security, reducing susceptibility to the heightening sophistication of terrorist plots.
Virgin Australia have stated that, to cover the cost of screening, an additional $0.13 per kg charge will apply to any freight presented without a valid CSD. Clients with non-screened freight should also allow one hour in addition to current lodgement times for freight processing.
Qantas Freight will charge a screening fee of $1.90 (+GST) per piece, or $2.50 (+GST) per piece for Q-GO Priority cargo. They have also amended cut-off lodgement times to account for unscreened freight processing.